Chronic wrist pain can be explored with an arthroscope to get a clear diagnosis when other tests do not help.

INJURY
Wrist Arthroscopy

ALSO KNOWN AS
Arthroscopy

ABOUT
An arthroscope is a small device with a light and camera built inside that is used to look inside of the body without having to make large incisions into muscle or tissue. Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure using an arthroscope to look inside of complex wrist joint. It is used to diagnose and repair certain conditions of the wrist joint. Small incisions, called portals, are less than half an inch long and this is where the arthroscope enters the body. Surgeons are able to watch the images on a monitor and when necessary can make repairs via forceps, knives and probes located on the end of the arthroscope.

COMMON INJURY
Chronic wrist pain can be explored with an arthroscope to get a clear diagnosis when other tests do not help. Depending on the results, the arthroscopy can repair whatever is causing the pain, such as, ligament tears, ganglion cysts, carpal tunnel and wrist fractures.

DIAGNOSIS
Prior to doing the procedure your physician will discuss your medical history, examine you with tests, and review any x-rays or MRI’s taken.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Wrist arthroscopy is a surgical procedure.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
The surgeon makes small incisions (called portals) through the skin in specific locations around a joint.

Wrist Arthroscopy
Surgeons place portals in specific locations on the wrist, depending on the area that needs to be viewed. This set of portals, called the standard radiocarpal portals, will give access to the wrist. Other sets of portals provide access to other areas of the wrist.
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