A hand & wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat hand and wrist joint injuries or conditions.
What is a hand & wrist arthroscopy?
A hand & wrist arthroscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to diagnose the cause of any hand and wrist pain. The surgeon uses the arthroscope—a tiny camera—to look directly into the joint and surrounding area. This enables a more accurate diagnosis so the surgeon can decide on the best treatment option. The surgeon can then treat the hand and wrist pain using small surgical instruments in addition to the arthroscope.
What does a hand & wrist arthroscopy treat?
A hand & wrist arthroscopy may be recommended for these hand and wrist problems:
- Loose cartilage or bone fragments
- Hand and wrist instability
- Loss of function
- Infection in the hand or wrist
Hand & wrist arthroscopy results
A hand & wrist arthroscopy can restore function and eliminate pain in the hand or wrist in most patients.
Preparing for a hand & wrist arthroscopy
Patients may need to follow specific advice around what to eat and drink before a hand & wrist arthroscopy.
What to expect with a hand & wrist arthroscopy
A hand & wrist arthroscopy typically requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.
The surgeon first makes a small incision or incisions in the wrist area. This is large enough for small instruments, including a camera to guide the surgeon, to be inserted to perform the surgery.
Recovery after a hand & wrist arthroscopy
After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home.
While each patient is different, arthroscopy typically allows for a shorter recovery period than more invasive surgery techniques.
Get a hand & wrist arthroscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and around the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for a hand & wrist arthroscopy. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your hand & wrist arthroscopy consultation
If you are ready to discuss your hand & wrist arthroscopy needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications