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.
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.