Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery

Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery

Arthroscopy allows doctors to diagnose and/or treat many joint problems utilizing a minimally invasive surgical method. In this procedure a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, is introduced into the joint through a small incision. The video captured by the arthroscope is projected onto a viewing screen enabling the surgeon to see all of the structures in the joint in great detail. At the same time miniaturized surgical instruments to perform tasks associated with the diagnosis and repair of the joint are inserted through other incisions.

An arthroscopic procedure has some advantages over an open surgery. Because smaller incisions are required and there is less disruption to surrounding structures, post-operative pain and recovery time is generally reduced. Additionally, these operations can often be performed as outpatient procedures.

Wrist arthroscopy is surgical visualization of wrist joint for diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of wrist joint.

This technique has revolutionized treatment of many wrist diseases. This is a pin hole minimal invasive surgical technique, which can avoid major open surgical procedures.

Wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small carpal bones, intrinsic and extrinsic ligament complexes, tendons.

Who requires Wrist Arthroscopy?

Wrist arthroscopy allows better visualization and understanding of wrist pathologies and its treatment.

Wrist arthroscopy is useful in various disorders of wrist joint. Some of them are:

1. Fixation of intra-articular wrist fractures
2. Cartilage injuries
3. In triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries
4. Treatment of wrist joint synovitis and arthritis
5. In ganglion disorders

What are the benefits of wrist arthroscopy in comparison to open surgery?
Compared to open surgery wrist arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure. One can go home on the same day of procedure. Wrist arthroscopy involves smaller incision, quicker recovery and complications are usually minor and rare.

What is endoscopic carpel tunnel release?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder which develops due to compression on the median nerve at the level wrist joint. Here one develops pain, numbness and weakness of involved hand and fingers. Its management involves proper medication, wrist splinting, physiotherapy, lifestyle modifications and injections. In few where there is no relief with medical treatment, surgery is required.
Surgery can be done either by open surgical procedure or by minimal invasive endoscopic procedure.
Endoscopic carpal tunnel release involves decompression of median nerve with the help of endoscope. Small sheath is inserted through less than a centimeter of incision.

What is the benefit of endoscopic carpel tunnel release?
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release involves smaller skin cut, lesser blood loss and tissue damage, faster postoperative recovery and lesser hospital stay compared to open surgical procedure.
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