What is Wrist Arthroscopy?
Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to view, diagnose and treat problems of your wrist joint.
Your wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones called carpal bones. These bones are supported by connecting ligaments. Various conditions can affect your wrist joint such as carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis and others.
Indications of Wrist Arthroscopy
- Unexplained pain
- Giving way or popping of the joint
Wrist arthroscopy is also used to treat conditions such as:
- Chronic wrist pain
- Wrist fractures
- Ligament tears
- Ganglion cysts
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
Wrist Arthroscopy Procedure
Postoperative Care following Wrist Arthroscopy
Keep your hand elevated above the level of your heart for the first 2 to 3 days after your procedure. Keep your bandage clean, dry and intact. You may apply ice over the operated area to reduce swelling and discomfort. You will be instructed on special exercises to regain strength and mobility of your wrist. You will be prescribed pain medications to relieve any pain.
Advantages of Wrist Arthroscopy
Risks and Complications of Wrist Arthroscopy
Complications are rare with wrist arthroscopy. However, some of the possible complications that can occur include scarring, bleeding, swelling, infection, numbness and injury to adjoining structures.