Snapping finger

The »snapping finger« (a.k.a. trigger finger) is an illness in which the finger »snaps« when being flexed or extended into the normal position. It mostly affects the thumb, middle and / or ring finger. If the bothersome »snapping« doesn't go away without therapy, pain and functional disorders may occur.

Should these be unsuccessful by conservative treatments such as gypsum immobilization or local injections of anti-inflammatory drugs, minimally invasive surgical intervention is advised. In the operation, the inflamed annular ligament is opened, thus relieving the stenosis on the finger in question, so that the flexor tendon can once again slide freely. Free mobility of the finger is usually restored after that.

DURATION OF OPERATION: approx. 30 minutes

ANAESTHETIC: optionally short anaesthetic or brachial plexus anaesthetic


AFTER-TREATMENT: exercises at once, suture removal after 10 – 12 days

PRESENTABILITY, RETURN TO WORK: after approx. 3 days

SPORT: after complete healing

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Other »hand surgery« topics

Below, you can learn more about the hand surgery treatment options we offer in our practice.

Carpal tunnel syndromeDupuytren's contractionSnapping fingerTendovaginitisTumours of the hand