Wrist Arthroscopy

Definition

The word arthroscopy comes from two greek words, ‘’arthro’’ (joint) and ‘’skopein’’ to look. Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used by orthopaedic surgeons to visualize the inside of the wrist joint. Other sites for arthroscopy include the knee, shoulder, hip and spine. Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to observe the anatomic parts of the wrist without making large incisions into muscle and tissues.

Since the incisions for arthroscopy are smaller and disrupt less soft tissue than open surgery, recovery is often rapid and symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling are often minimized. Arthroscopy is mainly used for 2 reasons: to correct any problems within the joint and to make a more accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem.
14 September, 2012