Trigger thumb is a painful condition caused by an inflamed tendon where the patient’s thumb becomes locked into a bent position. This condition is also known as “trigger finger.” Trigger thumb can be treated both non-surgically or with surgery. Dr. Tahiri is a trigger thumb specialist and can resolve this issue through the appropriate treatment.
If stretching and splinting aren’t enough, surgery is recommended and is called trigger thumb release or A1 pulley release. It is a same-day surgery.
Doctor Tahiri will make a small incision in the palmar crease of skin at the base of the thumb and then release the A1 pulley; while making sure to not injury the nerves, arteries or tendon. This takes pressure off the tendon and allows it to glide smoothly. The nodule is not removed.
After surgery, your child will need a bandage for one to two weeks to protect their thumb while it heals. Trigger thumb rarely recurs after treatment, and children infrequently require additional treatments. You can expect your child to regain normal use of their thumb after treatment.