Trigger finger

A ’trigger finger’ cannot be stretched and/or bent correctly. Exerting such movements also produces a painful sensation at the base of the finger.

There are two options for treating it. A local injection with an anti-inflammatory drug or a small operation in which the tendon is released.


Preliminary visit
If you request an appointment you can nearly always count on being received by Dr. Karim within 2 weeks. We hold a preliminary visit in which we assess your requirements

Sometimes, an injection with an anti-inflammatory drug is enough. This treatment can take place directly during the admission interview.

Health insurance ?
If you have health insurance, it may cover this type of surgery. Find out more.

The procedure will normally take place after 2 weeks

You have to take a week off after the procedure.

Hand Therapy
If desired, hand therapy will be performed in the post-treatment process.

Follow-up and removal of stitches
About ten days after the operation you will return for us to see how you are and remove the stitches.

Final checkup
Three months after the intervention you will return for a final checkup.


Because you cannot drive home after an operation (no car or bicycle), it is important to make travel arrangements.

Do you use blood-thinning drugs? Please let us know if you do. Ask the doctor from whom you get the prescription and find out if you can temporarily stop treatment. Your doctor will tell you how many days before the operation you should or can stop taking the blood-thinning drug. Dr. Karim wants to ensure this is possible in order to avoid unnecessary risks.

Fever or flu the day before the operation? Contact Dr. Karim to decide if the operation can be performed or should be postponed.

Cosmetics and personal care products
We understand that you always want to look your best, but on the day of surgery you cannot use skin care products or makeup.

You may feel nervous about the operation, but you can’t drink alcohol the day before (or on the day itself, of course!)! Drinking alcohol increases the chances of subsequent bleeding of the wound.

Tijdens de ingreep

Signing of the consent form

Local anaesthetic

Skin incision

Tendon release

Application of pressure dressing

Na de ingreep

You will be provided with a sling to hold your arm up so that your hand is at rest and does not swell (or does so minimally).

Sleep the first day with your hand raised a little, for example on a pillow, to prevent / reduce swelling.

You can remove the dressing yourself after 48 hours. Then you can put a patch on the wound.

You can not wet your hand until you have checked with us.

Your hand will feel sore for the first few days. This lasts for a maximum of two weeks.

If necessary, you can take two 500 mg paracetamol tablets four times a day.

You have to take a week off after surgery. Do not use the affected hand until we see you again.

The stitches are removed after ten days.

Scar cream
Four weeks after the operation, you can start applying a few smears of scar cream.


Subsequent infection and bleeding
Very rare.

Very rarely, persistent painful swelling develops. Contact us immediately if you notice this.


The impingement of the nerve is immediately released. However, symptoms may not have completely disappeared in the first few weeks due to swelling and scarring.

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