If other treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. The sheath that surrounds the tendon is opened to enlarge the space and release the swollen tendon. This allows the finger to bend and straighten normally again. Surgery takes about 20 minutes, and can often be done under a local anesthetic. You can typically go home the same day. Your hand will be wrapped in a soft bandage, and you may wear a plaster splint for a short time to keep the finger stable and more comfortable. The stitches will be removed in about 2 weeks.