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Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion

Posted On: 04-21-2015
Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion

What is Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion?

During arthroscopic wrist fusion, the wrist joint is joined together with screws. This locks the wrist in place to reduce pain. 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:

  • Arthroscopic joint fusion-wrist
  • Arthroscopic wrist joint fusion
  • Arthroscopic wrist arthrodesis
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Wrist surgery
  • Wrist fusion

Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

Arthroscopic wrist fusion is utilized in order to treat chronic sepsis, severe wrist pain, wrist injury, failed wrist replacement, and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic wrist fusion include pain medication, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, physical therapy, strength training and the use of a wrist brace. Wrist replacement is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

Arthroscopic wrist fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

Possible risks following arthroscopic wrist fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to fuse together.

Prognosis after Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

The prognosis for a positive end result following arthroscopic wrist fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.

Recovery from Arthroscopic Wrist Fusion:

The total recovery time for arthroscopic wrist fusion is eight to 12 weeks.

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