Watch: In-office trigger finger surgery

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

By: Jeff Ash

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Watch as Dr. Craig L. Olson, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc, performs a live, outpatient trigger finger release procedure.


Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when a flexor tendon in a finger catches, snaps or locks. The finger gets stuck in the bent position, as if squeezing a trigger. Once unstuck, the finger pops straight out, as if a trigger has been released.


During the Facebook Live video, Olson’s patient – Robin Anderson of Manitowoc – discusses the problems with the pinky finger on his left hand that prompted his decision to have the procedure done at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc.


“It started a long time ago and progressively got worse. I found, using my left hand, I was dropping things. The trigger finger itself was extremely painful,” Anderson says.


During the Facebook Live video, Olson offers step-by-step commentary as he performs the procedure. He also discusses the value of doing the procedure in the office, including insurance coverage.


“It’s convenient for the patient. It keeps them from having to go to the hospital,” Olson says. “The convenience is really why I started doing these types of (in-office) surgeries. … Patients are very pleased with the experience. … The other thing is it’s less expensive.”


Learn more about hand surgery from Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic.


Other questions about trigger finger surgery are addressed in the chat that accompanies the Facebook Live broadcast.


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Robin Anderson of Manitowoc prepares for trigger finger release surgery on the pinky finger on his left hand.

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