For the residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and greater South Florida, Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an expert in Trigger Finger release surgery, and he leverages his extensive training and preparation to help his patients correct this suboptimal condition. Why not contact Dr. Rubinstein’s Aventura office today to schedule a consultation.
What is Trigger Finger Release?
If the finger flexor tendons in the hand and the surrounding retinacular pulley system develop a disparity in size it can result in a relatively common but nevertheless painful condition called stenosing tenosynovitis, or trigger finger, in which it is very difficult to flex or extend a finger, and sometimes the finger itself catches or even locks when bent.
Who Can Benefit From Trigger Finger Release?
You should schedule a consultation at Dr. Rubinstein’s conveniently located office in Aventura if you or a loved one suffers from symptoms that restrict ordinary hand motion, in particular if a finger or thumb joint has become locked in a bent position due to inflammation, or even knots (nodules) in the tendons of the hand. The causes of trigger finger can range from occupational-related repetitive motion disorders to rheumatoid arthritis and even diabetes. Whatever the cause, Dr. Rubinstein will work with you to find a proper and successful course of treatment, in some cases starting with splints, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections as potential sources of remedy and relief prior to recommending surgical intervention.
What is the Trigger Finger Release Procedure Like?
The trigger finger release procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis as it requires only local anesthetic and a small incision in the palm. Surgically, Dr. Rubinstein will be able to restore freedom to the tendon’s ability to move easily and to glide through the pulley at the base of the finger, and almost immediately after recovering from surgery a fuller range of active motion is restored to the finger.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
During the course of surgery, Dr. Rubinstein will have created more space for movement in the finger by cutting the sheath around the affected tendon, and thus for several hours after the procedure you will feel a general numbness in your hands as the local anesthetic wears off. Heavier bandages will be applied to your hands for the first few days, during which time you may experience some pain and swelling. For the most part, though, pain during this period can be alleviated by the use of prescription pain medication, as well as ice packs, and elevation of the hand. Different people recover differently from the trigger finger release procedure, and sometimes Dr. Rubinstein will recommend physical therapy treatment as an added component of the recovery process if he foresees that this will aid in the restoration of normal hand movement, but for the most part patients are able to return to work immediately, and within a few weeks are back to driving, typing and all of the other daily activities that we rely upon our hands for in normal everyday life.
Will Insurance Cover My Trigger Finger Release Surgery?
The majority of health insurance policies pay for reconstructive surgery when it comes to trigger finger release, as it is not considered cosmetic surgery, but medically necessary for the full and normal functioning of the hand. Of course every plan is different and varies in coverage, so you should check with your insurance provider to learn more. Some insurers will cover all of the reconstructive procedure costs, whereas others will only pay a portion of it, leaving the patient to pay the rest. If you aren’t covered by insurance, Dr. Rubinstein offers financing
options in such cases so that his patients can make convenient monthly payments for their treatment. If you are a resident of Miami, Fort Lauderdale or South Florida, and you need trigger finger release reconstructive surgery, then please contact Dr. Rubinstein today and benefit from his skillful surgical expertise as well as the patient-friendly atmosphere in his Aventura office.