Post Operative Instructions

Trigger Finger Release

Wound Care

  1. Keep your incision dry, but it is okay to take a shower and wash your hands. Please do not put your operative hand in a tub, pool, hot tub or sink of water for 2 weeks after surgery.
  2. Keep the surgical wound covered with a band aid or bandage for the first week. Please do not apply antibiotic ointment or use peroxide on the surgical site. It is best to keep the incision dry and change the bandage as needed. It is okay to wash the dried blood around your incision with peroxide on sterile gauze one time. Stitches will be removed 7-10 days after surgery.
  3. Elevate your hand above your heart when up. You may cross your wrist over your chest to the opposite shoulder or strike the "Statue of Liberty" pose with the operative hand.
  4. Report redness, swelling or drainage to our office at 804.320.1339.

Activity

  1. Move your fingers frequently, straightening them completely, and making a full fist several times per hour.
  2. Refrain from pushing, pulling, lifting or grabbing with the operative hand and do not lift anything that weighs 5 lbs for more. (ex. A gallon of milk weighs 8 lbs)

What should I expect during the first month after surgery?

  1. You should experience minimal pain, which is usually relieved by resting your hand, taking over the counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  2. Pain at the surgical site can occur with direct pressure over the incision, such as that experienced when pushing yourself out of a chair.
  3. It is common to have mild swelling or pain at the middle joint of the operative finger.
  4. The palmar skin is used for our sense of touch. When it is cut, as in surgery, the skin/scars become hypersensitive. Massaging the scars and touching them with different textures helps "desensitize" the skin or return the palm to normal sensation. Vitamin E can be used to soften the scar.
  5. At 6 weeks postoperatively, it is common for the surgical scar to thicken slightly. It will begin to "thin out" over the next few weeks.
  6. Please make an appointment to be seen if you having concerns.