Compare the options

This table compares the different treatment options. This table is also included in the summary available to you after conclusion of the decision aid. 

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What is usually involved?

You have an injection of local anesthetic, so you are awake but will not have pain after the anesthetic is given.

You can use your hand for nearly everything even though the cut hurts.

You just need to limit gripping and force until the sutures are removed.

You may try wearing a finger splint to see if this will alleviate your symptoms.

You may try a corticosteroid injection to see if this can cure your trigger finger.

What are the benefits?

Surgery has the highest cure rate and lowest recurrence rate for trigger finger.

Avoids surgery.

Splinting is simple and least expensive.

Injection can be done in the office.

What are the risks and limitations?

The worst thing that could happen during surgery is an injury to the digital nerve. Fortunately, this complication is extremely rare - less than 1 in 1000 people.

Infection and other problems are very uncommon – about 10 in 1000 people.

Wearing a splint poses no risks.

No serious complications have been reported with corticosteroid injections, but possible side effects include tendon rupture, local infection, localized skin depigmentation, and fat atrophy leading to local changes in the skin contour.

Injection is effective in 6 out of every 10 people injected.