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Wrist arthroscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the health of problem joints for instance in your wrist. The procedure uses an arthroscope, which is an endoscopic device complete with a camera and light at the end. Inside the joint, the arthroscope transmits images of the joint to a viewing screen for your surgeon’s examination. These images are helpful in identifying and even helping conditions like a torn ligament, a ganglion cyst, or a fractured bone.

Did you know…

that arthroscopy can be a convenient alternative to open joint surgery? Wrist arthroscopy is less invasive than open wrist surgery. Many patients also enjoy the shorter recovery time and lower risk of complications associated with arthroscopies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an arthroscopy?

You may need wrist arthroscopy if you are suffering from chronic and undiagnosed joint pain or discomfort. Dr. Vossoughi may recommend an arthroscopy as a means of examining, diagnosing, and treating your wrist joint problem.

What should I expect during an arthroscopy procedure?

Your arthroscopy will be an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Most procedures last no more than 1 or 2 hours, although you’ll need to spend at least a couple of hours in supervised recovery before being allowed to go home.

Small incisions will be made near your wrist joint, through which Dr. Vossoughi will place a scope into your joint. Using the camera on the end of the scope, Dr. Vossoughi will examine the condition of your joint and determine whether the conditions present can be corrected and treated during the same arthroscopic surgery.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my arthroscopy?

You will probably go home on the same day as your procedure. However, you’ll need the assistance of a close family member or friend to help you in the days following your surgery. Your doctor will provide instructions for avoiding physical activity temporarily after your arthroscopy.

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