Arthroscopic wrist replacement is a procedure that involves the removal of damaged cartilage and bone in the wrist and the replacement of parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability. 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:
- Minimally invasive wrist replacement
- Minimally invasive wrist arthroplasty
- Wrist arthroscopy
- Wrist surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Wrist Replacement:
Arthroscopic wrist replacement is utilized to treat conditions like wrist pain and decreased wrist mobility. It is also used to treat arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic wrist replacement include pain medication, physical therapy, strength training and steroid injections. A wrist brace can also be used. Surgical alternatives include total wrist replacement and wrist fusion.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Wrist Replacement:
Arthroscopic wrist replacement is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Wrist Replacement:
Some patients experience complications such as bleeding, infection, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other complications can include a dislocation of the artificial wrist. It is also possible to not experience an improvement in mobility.
Recovery from Arthroscopic Wrist Replacement:
The recovery time for arthroscopic wrist replacement is six to eight weeks.