A wrist replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the wrist and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability.
Also Known As:
- Wrist surgery
- Wrist arthroplasty
Conditions Treated with Wrist Replacement:
A wrist replacement is utilized in order to treat conditions such as wrist injury, pain and reduced wrist mobility, in addition to arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist.
Non-surgical alternatives to wrist replacement include pain medication, physical therapy, strength training and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Wrist fusion and arthroscopic wrist replacement are surgical alternatives.
Anesthesia with Wrist Replacement:
Wrist replacement can be performed under regional anesthesia. General anesthesia can also be used, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Wrist Replacement:
Possible risks following wrist replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for the artificial wrist to become dislocated and for there to be no improvement in wrist mobility.
Prognosis after Wrist Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following wrist replacement is good.
Recovery from Wrist Replacement:
The total recovery time after wrist replacement is six to eight weeks.