The recovery period for trigger finger hand surgery is usually about two weeks, although the actual length of time depends on the patient's general health and age and how long the patient has experienced symptoms, notes Cleveland Clinic. Surgeons typically perform the procedure under local anesthesia without a hospital stay.
After surgery for trigger finger, also called stenosing tenosynovitis, the affected fingers or thumb can straighten and bend again free of stiffness and pain, notes Cleveland Clinic. A surgeon makes a tiny cut in the sheath that the tendons of the affected fingers pass through. This widens the space around the tendons, making it easier for the tendons to slide through the sheath.