Arthroscopy of the Wrist

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The wrist is a joint comprised of eight small bones that connect the hand to the forearm. Injuries or conditions of the wrist can be treated either primarily with arthroscopy or with the assistance of wrist arthroscopy. Minimally invasive surgery is often recommended due to its minimal application of incisions as well as shorter recovery time. Arthroscopy is often used to diagnose and treat conditions afflicting the wrist.


Arthroscopy consists of small incisions in the joint through which small instruments, with a camera can be passed. The video screen displays images inside the joint, allowing the surgeon to make a proper diagnosis as well as well as provide proper treatment. The following list of condition includes, but is not limited to, what arthroscopy is used to treat: chronic wrist pain, wrist fractures, ganglion cysts, ligament tears, and carpal tunnel release. Typically, these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

The first few days post-surgery the wrist will be bandaged and should be iced to help reduce swelling. Basic exercises can be applied in order to reduce stiffness as well as return mobility and strength to the wrist and hand.

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