‘Jerk finger’ often occurs with people who use their hands for a long time, such as a housewife, chef, waiter/ess, driver, golfer, etc., and thus causes severe pain. The disorder recently appears in young people who over-use smartphones. Professor Kim Jong Pil at the department of orthopedics at Dankook University Hospital (Director of hospital, Jo Jong Tae) is now being spotlighted. He is a world-renowned physician in the treatment of hand disorders such as hand and wrist joints. He received the Best Poster Award from Federation of European Societies for the Surgery of the Hand in 2010, the Academy Award at World Orthopedic Society in 2012 and the Best Publication Award at World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery in 2016. In 2017, he was selected as a traveling fellow from the American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
He has completed his training course at the Duke and Chicago University hospitals, and his excellent skills are both recognized nationally and internationally. Professor Kim has successfully performed the percutaneous operation not only on adult but also on young patients. The percutaneous operation is to incise trochlea with local anesthesia but without cutting the skin. Regardless of its great cure effects, the percutaneous operation has not been widely used due to the lack of systematic research data on side effects. He has demonstrated that even a simple percutaneous operation can completely cure the pain, burning sensation and hand malfunction caused by jerk finger. Professor Kim also proved the effect of bowstringing on the finger function after a surgical treatment of jerk fingers except for the thumb. Professor Kim received the Best Publication Award at the International Conference of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand held in last November as ‘a prospective study of bowstringing after A1 pulley release of trigger thumb, and published in Archives of Hand and Microsurgery (2018). The results on other jerk fingers have also been published in the SCI journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery (2018). “Stenotic tendovaginitis, one of jerk finger diseases, accompanies inflammation in flexor tendon, which causes swelling of ligaments and peridesmium and thus pain. The disease can easily be treated with the percutaneous operation under local anesthesia. This is fast and the treatment cost is relatively cheap.”