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.
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.