What is Wrist Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery of the wrist (or wrist scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the wrist joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, often negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).
What Wrist Conditions Can Be Treated Arthroscopically?
Wrist arthroscopy can be used to determine the cause of wrist pain (diagnostic arthroscopy), but many wrist conditions and injuries can also be treated arthroscopically, including:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist Fractures
- Ganglion Cysts
- Ligament Tears
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears
Please note: arthroscopic surgery can also be used in combination with open surgery for some procedures.