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Trigger finger often occurs in patients who use their fingers and hands in the same repetitive motions of their fingers over a long period of time. Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers surgical and non-surgical treatments to patients in Lafayette, LA, who suffer from trigger finger

Trigger finger is a condition that causes your finger to snap or pop when you try to straighten your finger. The condition is caused by irritation of the tendon that extends from your forearm into your hand and fingers. The irritation causes the tendon to become thick and small nodules may also develop. As this happens, the tendon is unable to easily pass through the sheath. The popping and snapping of trigger finger is actually the tendon getting stuck in the sheath and then breaking free.

How Do I Know If I Have Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger most often develops in patients who rely on their fingers for highly repetitive motions. Trigger finger is often diagnosed in musicians, farmers, or industrial workers who perform a great deal of work with their hands. The condition tends to be more common in women than men and tends to have an age of onset between 40 and 60. Patients with trigger finger typically notice the following:

  • Swelling
  • Tender lumps in the palm of the hand
  • Discomfort when bending and straightening the fingers
  • Snapping or popping in the joints of the fingers and thumb

What Treatment Is Recommended for Trigger Finger?

In mild cases of trigger finger, non-surgical treatments often prove successful. These may include medications, rest, and steroid injections. When surgery is required, the goal of the procedure is to widen the sheath so that your tendon passes more easily. Access to the sheath is accomplished through an incision in the palm of your hand or with the tip of a very fine needle. The sheath is cut, and it naturally heals with a larger opening.

What Happens After My Treatment for Trigger Finger?

Physical therapy and hand exercises are effective for both non-surgical and surgical treatment of trigger finger. If you have surgery for trigger finger, you will notice some discomfort in the palm of your hand after surgery. You will need to limit your activities for up to three weeks, and swelling and stiffness can last up to six months.

What Does Treatment for Trigger Finger Cost?

We accept most insurance including workers’ comp. The total cost of your hand and wrist operation depends on several factors. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. We also offer financing through CareCredit®. To learn more call our office today.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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