During arthroscopic finger synovectomy, inflamed membrane that lines the finger joint is removed. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Finger arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Finger surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Finger Synovectomy:
Arthroscopic finger synovectomy is utilized in order to treat synovitis, pigmented villondular synovitis, hemophilia, and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the finger.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic finger synovectomy include pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Open finger synovectomy, finger joint replacement and finger fusion are surgical alternatives.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Finger Synovectomy:
Arthroscopic finger synovectomy can be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure. Local or regional anesthesia can also be used.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Finger Synovectomy:
Possible risks following arthroscopic finger synovectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience joint scarring and reduced finger mobility.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Finger Synovectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic finger synovectomy is good. However, the synovium will likely become inflamed again in the future.