Complication & Risks
Any surgical procedure has an element of risk attached to it and occasionally things do not turn out as well as expected. Fortunately with trigger finger release the risks are small and the outcomes usually very good.
There is a small risk of recurrence.
Serious infection is extremely rare, but you must take care to keep the dressings clean and dry. If you experience a lot of pain in the hand, swelling of the fingers, high fever or flu-like symptoms you should immediately seek advice. Minor, superficial infections may require antibiotics.
Damage to the small nerves and blood vessels on either side of the finger during the operation, causing numbness in the finger is uncommon as great care is taken to avoid them.
Scar tenderness can persist for several weeks but usually settles down in time.
Some patients who are not progressing satisfactorily because of persistent post-op pain, stiffness or finger swelling may require physiotherapy but this is unusual.
A rare complication of injury to the hand, including surgery is “chronic regional pain syndrome”. The hand is disproportionately painful and stiff with some swelling. You should seek advice promptly if you experience such symptoms. This can last for many months and is difficult to treat.