The wrist is a complicated joint made up of eight small bones and many ligaments. Four of these bones connect to the two bones of the forearm to form a joint. The ends of the bones are covered with cartilage. Wrist surgery can be an option for a few wrist conditions if non-surgical treatments are ineffective.
Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure surgeons use to evaluate, inspect and repair problems within the wrist joint. During the procedure, a tiny incision is made and a small camera is inserted into the wrist joint. The camera displays pictures on a television screen that the surgeon can use to make repairs with extremely small instruments. Arthroscopy provides less pain and faster recovery time for patients than traditional surgery. It can be used to treat long-term wrist pain, fractures, ganglion cysts, different types of tears and removed inflamed tissue.
Wrist Joint Replacement (Wrist Arthroplasty)
Wrist replacements are not as common as other types of joint replacements. However, they can be necessary for certain conditions that do not respond to other treatments. Wrist replacement can be done as an outpatient procedure and sometimes in combination with other procedures depending on the problem. It involves an incision on the back of the wrist and damaged bones are removed and replaced with artificial parts and held together with bone cement.
The hand is made up of the wrist, palm, and fingers. The most flexible part of the human skeleton, the hand enables us to perform many of our daily activities. When our hand and wrist are not functioning properly, daily activities such as driving a car, bathing, and cooking can become impossible. There are a variety of surgeries used to treat these parts of the hand when non-surgical treatments are ineffective.