Wrist fractures – After a break has occurred, it’s possible that small fragments of bone may stay within the joint. Wrist arthroscopy allows for the removal of these fragments, as well as the ability to align the broken pieces of bone and stabilize them by using pins, wires, or screws.
Carpal tunnel release – Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by numbness or tingling in the hand, and sometimes with pain up the arm. It is caused by pressure on a nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel. If it does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, one option is to relieve the pressure in the area surgically, which can often times be done arthroscopically.
Chronic wrist pain – Arthroscopic exploratory surgery may be used to diagnose the cause of chronic wrist pain when the results of other tests do not provide a clear diagnosis. Often, there may be areas of inflammation, cartilage damage, or other findings after a wrist injury. In some cases, after the diagnosis is made, the condition can be treated arthroscopically as well.
If wrist pain is something that you’re dealing with, please know that treatment options are available! Dr. Hurlbut and Dr. Machado here at Prairie Orthopaedic & Plastic Surgery, PC specialize in treating issues involving the wrist and hand. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!