Trigger Finger Specialist In Singapore

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Improve your hand function and mobility through trigger finger treatment
  • Fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 5000 surgeries performed

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What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition affecting the tendons in your fingers or thumb. It’s often experienced by people with repetitive hand activities or conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. If left untreated, trigger finger can lead to:

  • Reduced finger flexibility and mobility
  • Chronic pain and discomfort
  • Finger joint deformity
  • Loss of hand function and strength

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Trigger finger symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and typically develop over time. They can affect any finger, but most commonly impact the ring finger or thumb. Here are some common signs of trigger finger:

Finger stiffness

This occurs due to inflammation and thickening of the tendon, which can make it difficult to flex or straighten the finger.

Popping or clicking sensation

The affected tendon may catch when you try to move your finger, causing a popping or clicking sensation as the tendon slides through the tight space.

Finger-locking or catching

The inflamed tendon may get stuck in a bent position, causing the finger to lock or catch, which can be painful or limiting.

Tenderness or a bump at the base of the finger

This is caused by the swollen tendon, which may form a nodule or bump, and result in tenderness or pain at the base of the affected finger.

Get a grip on trigger finger and experience relief
with proper diagnosis and treatment.

Take back your hand’s unrestricted movement and flexibility while preventing further damage and lasting health issues.
Getting proper diagnosis and treatment for your trigger finger helps you say goodbye to discomfort and welcome pain-free hand function.

Am I a Candidate for
Trigger Finger Surgery?

Trigger finger doesn’t always require surgical treatment, but in some cases, surgery may be optimal. Whether you need surgery or not is decided by your orthopaedic specialist, who will assess your situation and consider other factors, such as:

Severity of symptoms: If your symptoms are severe or disabling, surgery may be recommended to restore function and alleviate pain in your hand.
Previous treatments: If conservative treatments, like splints and medications, haven't worked or your condition has worsened, surgery may be the next step.
Underlying medical conditions: Orthopaedic specialists will also consider any medical conditions, like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, that could affect the success of the surgery.

Can trigger finger be treated without surgery?

Yes, conservative treatments like splinting, over-the-counter pain relievers, and corticosteroid injections can often alleviate trigger finger symptoms. Physical therapy and activity modification may also be recommended to help improve hand function.

Is trigger finger surgery painful?

Some discomfort and swelling after trigger finger surgery are normal, but these can be managed with pain medications and ice packs. Overall, the surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, making it a relatively pain-free procedure.

Trigger Finger Surgery Recovery Process

Recovery Period What to Expect
Immediately after surgery
  • Local anaesthesia wears off, mild discomfort may be felt
  • Ice packs applied to manage swelling
  • Elevation of the hand to reduce swelling
  • Prescription or over-the-counter pain medications as needed
First weeks after surgery
(Week 0-2):
  • Stitches removed (if not dissolvable)
  • Gentle finger exercises and stretches to improve flexibility and reduce stiffness
  • Reduced pain and swelling
  • Gradual return to light daily activities
Several weeks after surgery
(Week 4-6):
  • Full range of motion restored (depending on individual progress)
  • Resumption of normal activities and hobbies
  • Possible hand therapy or physiotherapy, if recommended by the surgeon
  • Follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor progress and address any concerns

Can I Use Medisave For Trigger Finger Surgery?

Yes, you can use Medisave to offset the cost of your procedure.
Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.
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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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We accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. Additionally, we are on the specialist panels of these Health Networks/Insurance Plans. Please contact us if you have any queries and we will be happy to assist you in checking with your insurance provider.

Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What causes trigger finger?

    Trigger finger is caused by inflammation or thickening of the tendon sheath that surrounds the flexor tendons in your fingers. This can result from repetitive hand movements, occupations involving gripping, or medical conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Can trigger finger come back after treatment?

    Although trigger finger treatment is highly successful, there is a possibility that symptoms can recur, especially if underlying medical conditions or repetitive hand activities remain unchanged. In such cases, additional treatments or surgery may be necessary.

    Can trigger finger be prevented?

    While it’s difficult to completely prevent trigger finger, reducing repetitive hand activities, taking regular breaks, and properly managing underlying medical conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can help lower the risk of developing the condition.

    Can I exercise with trigger finger?

    Consult your healthcare professional before engaging in exercise with trigger finger. They may recommend low-impact activities or specific hand exercises to help improve finger flexibility and strength while avoiding further injury.

    What is the difference between trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Trigger finger involves inflammation of the tendon sheath in the fingers, leading to stiffness and locking, while carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist, causing numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and fingers.