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Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy

Posted On: 04-21-2015
Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy

What is Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy?

During arthroscopic wrist synovectomy, inflamed membrane that lines the wrist 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:

  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Wrist surgery

Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy:

Arthroscopic wrist synovectomy is utilized in order to treat synovitis, pigmented villondular synovitis, hemophilia, and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist.

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

Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic wrist synovectomy include pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Surgical alternatives include open wrist synovectomy and total wrist replacement.

Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy:

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

Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy:

Possible risks following arthroscopic wrist synovectomy include infection, bleeding, joint scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience limited wrist mobility.

Prognosis after Arthroscopic Wrist Synovectomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following wrist synovectomy is good. However, the synovium will likely become inflamed in the future.

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