Tony’s story: 'Good as new' after trigger finger surgeries

Monday, July 16, 2018

By: Melissa Barth

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Tony Hoes is no stranger to hand surgery. Until recently, both thumbs and all but two of his fingers had been surgically treated for trigger finger, a painful orthopedic ailment.


Trigger finger occurs when a finger flexor tendon catches, snaps, or locks. Finger tendons slide through a tunnel-like tendon sheath as a finger bends. If the sheath swells, or the tendon has a bump, the tendon can’t slide smoothly through the sheath. The finger then gets stuck in a bent position, as if squeezing a gun’s trigger.


As Tony tells it, the ailment can disrupt one’s daily routine.


“It was extremely painful and made day-to-day activities very difficult. Gripping or picking up items was difficult due to the pain, and I had a lack of mobility in the affected fingers,” says Tony, who lives in west De Pere.


A surgeon repaired Tony’s ailing fingers and thumbs, and life returned to normal, at least for a while. Then, his index fingers -- the only ones that hadn't been a problem -- began to ache and stiffen. Tony had a good idea of the culprit.


This time, Tony sought the expertise of Dr. Brian J. Klika, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay.


A surgical option would be the best course of action, Klika told Tony.


“I knew what to expect from surgery. I had heard many good things about Dr. Klika and there were numerous positive referrals from past patients,” Tony says.


During trigger finger surgery, the tendon sheath is cut to allow the tendon to move freely again. Once the sheath is cut, the tendon can slide back and forth through the sheath again as the finger moves.


“Dr. Klika did not disappoint,” Tony says. “I had an excellent result from each surgery.”


Tony is back to doing the things he loves – spending time with family, traveling, working out, fishing and grilling. And he’s pain-free – for good.


“There wasn’t much down time at all. There were a couple weeks of limited lifting, but after that, I’m pretty much as good as new,” he says.


“Meeting and working with Dr. Klika was the most wonderful experience,” Tony says. “He is not only extremely caring, thoughtful, and knowledgeable, he is a fine orthopedic surgeon. He takes the time to answer any questions the patient might have and explains things in a way the patient can understand.”


Dr. Brian J. Klika sees patients at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Kaukauna. To request an appointment, call 920-288-5555 in Green Bay or 877-884-8796 in Manitowoc or Kaukauna, or request one online.

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