Surgery is a last resort for trigger finger and is not the only treatment option, according to WebMD. Surgery is only used when no other treatment options have proven effective and the trigger finger is interfering with quality of life.
Trigger finger is a condition in which a finger becomes locked in one place due to repeated movement or forceful use of the fingers, explains WebMD. Trigger finger can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, gout or diabetes. The first step in treatment is often a splint to immobilize the joint. If the symptoms do not subside, a doctor may also prescribe a drug designed to fight inflammation, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or, in extreme cases, a steroid shot. If these treatments are not effective, surgery may be recommended.