What is Wrist Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. This procedure uses an arthroscopy (a small, fiber optic camera) to allow the surgeon to see the inside of the joint through a small incision. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat many conditions of the wrist, including wrist fractures, ligament tears, chronic wrist pain, and ganglion cysts.

Preparing for Wrist Arthroscopy

Prior to wrist arthroscopy surgery, your doctor will perform a physical exam on your hand and wrist, speak with you regarding your medical History, and have you undergo certain testing to obtain imaging of the hand and wrist (X-rays, MRI, etc.) These tests will help your Surgeon create the correct surgical plan for your specific wrist ailment.

What to Expect During Wrist Arthroscopy

During wrist arthroscopy, the hand and wrist are usually numbed with regional anesthesia. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax. Your surgeon will then employ a traction device to apply sustained tension across the wrist, widening the joints to make it easier to insert the arthroscope. Small incisions will then be made in the skin around the joint, and the arthroscope will be inserted. The wrist is usually filled with saline during the procedure to help the surgeon visualize the internal structures more clearly.

When the arthroscopy is in place, images of the joint will be shown through the camera onto a monitor, which the surgeon will watch as they move the arthroscope around. Several specialized surgical tools will also be placed into the wrist to correct the internal structures during surgery. Each incision will then be closed using small stitches.

Wrist Arthroscopy Recovery

You should keep your wrist elevated for the first 2-4 days after surgery. Ice packs can help to keep swelling down, and you should keep your bandages clean and dry. Mild discomfort may occur following this procedure, which can be controlled with mild painkillers. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare instructions to ensure safe and quick healing.

Questions were answered and visual aids as needed regarding the surgery I had had. I liked the corn meal treatment very much. Soothing to the hand.


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