Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery using tubes fitted with a camera to see the inside of the joint. The procedure allows the orthopedic to diagnose and treat the problem without making more extensive incisions into your skin and tissue. This kind of procedure is favored as it has lesser healing pain and a short recovery period.
The procedure can take between half an hour to 2 hours maximum, and you may be allowed to go home the same surgery day. Other advantages include a shorter hospital stay and recovery time, very few incisional scars, and a lower surgical risk because arthroscopic surgery is a less invasive treatment that is usually more successful than open joint surgery.
To learn more about arthroscopy surgeries, contact Ceda Orthopedic Group by filling out the form on our website.
Who needs wrist arthroscopy procedure?
Wrist arthroscopy is to assess the level of injury caused during sports or accidents. In addition, some medical conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause significant inflammation to your wrist, and the damage can be diagnosed and treated through the procedure.
Surgeons perform the procedure to clean out an infection, remove ganglions on the wrist, or remove joints that may be in excess due to inflammation caused mainly by rheumatoid arthritis.
What happens during the wrist arthroscopy procedure?
Wrist arthroscopy occurs when you are under general anesthesia; however, your orthopedic doctor will sometimes recommend a local or spinal anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss the anesthesia options with you and suggest one tell you why they prefer it. You may also choose the one you like,
An antiseptic is applied to clean the area around your wrist then a tiny incision is made. Next, an arthroscope is a light and a camera at the end that penetrates your joints.
The doctors will then make one or more incisions to allow proper examination or treatment of the condition. Then, through the guidance of the images on the screen, your doctor can make the necessary treatment.
Risks associated with the wrist arthroscopy surgery
The risks primarily associated with wrist arthroscopy are
- Joints stiffness or loss of motion on the joints, Physical therapy and exercises will help take away the stiffness. The activities and therapy is a program that is arranged and recommended by your orthopedic
- Damage to the tendons, cartilage, or nerves.
Other risks too may present themselves; however, these are the most common ones. Still, like with any surgery, there are potential dangers associated with getting work done. The majority of these issues are minor and treatable. They can be from infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, shoulder stiffness, and damage to blood vessels or nerves are all possible risks associated with wrist arthroscopy.
How long is the recovery after wrist arthroscopy?
After the surgery, you may feel tired, thirsty, exhausted, and your wrist will be slightly swollen. In addition, the skin around your incision area may be dark reddish purplish after your wrist arthroscopy surgery in the first day or two. Afterward, it will heal and turn greenish to black after about a week, then go back to the standard skin color after a few weeks.
Ceda Orthopedic surgeons in Miami usually advise patients to keep their hands elevated above their hearts for the first few days after surgery to help with the pain and swelling.
It will probably take six weeks before you can go back to work, and regular light duties may have to wait longer, and you should resume work through the guidance of your orthopedic surgeons.
If you undergo wrist arthroscopy surgery, you are likely to be put under a rehabilitation program that involves physical therapy to restore your wrist to its normal state.
Surgeons will prescribe the appropriate pain and antibiotics you will have to use for a certain period after wrist arthroscopy surgery occurs.
Contact Ceda Orthopedic Group for Wrist Arthroscopy
The role of an Orthopedic doctor is to perform the surgery, follow up on the healing process, recommend the appropriate physical therapy, and post medication. So when you choose Ceda Orthopedic Group to perform your Wrist Arthroscopy surgery, you are teaming up with years of orthopedic experience.
To make it more convenient for our patients, we offer FREE transportation to our clinic. So all you have to worry about is healing after the surgery! Fill out a quick form on our website, and we will be in touch with you shortly about your orthopedic needs.
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