Individuals who have surgery to repair a trigger finger are typically able to move their fingers immediately after surgery, but full recovery usually takes a few weeks, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In some patients, it takes up to six months to eliminate stiffness and swelling.
Patients recovering from trigger finger surgery sometimes have soreness in the palm, which is often alleviated by raising the hand above the heart, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications help relieve the pain and swelling of a trigger finger, especially if symptoms are mild enough and do not require surgery. In some cases, treatment options involve steroid injections to speed up the recovery time.