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wrist arthroscopy surgery - fairfax va

Wrist arthroscopy surgery, also called “keyhole” surgery, uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope with other surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your wrist.

This procedure allows for the best detection of problems and improves wrist repair by using smaller incisions and not larger cuts in the skin and tissue.

Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that diagnoses and treats various wrist conditions. It involves using a small camera called an arthroscope and specialized surgical instruments inserted through small incisions in the skin to visualize and access the structures inside the wrist.

Wrist arthroscopy may be recommended for a variety of wrist conditions, including:

  • Ligament tears (e.g., scapholunate ligament tear, triangular fibrocartilage complex tear)
  • Wrist fractures or cartilage injuries (e.g., chondral defects, osteochondritis dissecans)
  • Ganglion cysts or other soft tissue masses
  • Wrist arthritis (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis)
  • Wrist instability or recurrent dislocations
  • Synovitis (inflammation of the joint lining)

Overall, wrist arthroscopy surgery is a valuable technique that allows for better diagnosis and treatment of various elbow conditions. Compared to traditional open surgery, it offers patients the potential for faster recovery, less postoperative pain, and an improved outcome.


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wrist arthroscopy surgery in fairfax va

 During wrist arthroscopy, the patient is placed under regional or general anesthesia to ensure comfort and immobility during the procedure. Dr. Pournaras will make small incisions around the wrist and inserts the arthroscope and specialized surgical instruments through these incisions. The arthroscope transmits images of the inside of the wrist to a monitor, allowing Dr. Pournaras to see the extent of damage or injury.

Depending on the specific condition being treated, Dr. Pournaras will decide which of the various surgical techniques to perform, such as debridement of damaged tissue, repair of ligament tears, removal of cysts or loose bodies, or cartilage restoration procedures.

Recovery from wrist arthroscopy varies depending on the type of procedure performed and the severity of the condition being treated.

In general, patients can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and stiffness in the wrist following surgery, which can be managed with pain medications, ice therapy, and elevation of the arm.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are often prescribed to improve the range of motion, strength, and wrist function. Most patients can resume light activities within a few days to weeks after surgery, with full recovery usually taking several weeks to months, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s progress.

Benefits: Wrist arthroscopy offers several potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • Minimally invasive: Arthroscopy involves smaller incisions, less tissue trauma, and reduced scarring compared to open surgery.
  • Faster recovery: Patients typically experience less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker return to normal activities compared to open surgery.
  • Improved visualization: The arthroscope provides a magnified view of the inside of the wrist joint, allowing for more precise diagnosis and targeted treatment of specific conditions.
  • Reduced risk of complications: Compared to open surgery, arthroscopy has a lower risk of complications such as infection, nerve damage, and blood loss.

Wrist arthroscopy is a valuable surgical technique for diagnosing and treating a variety of wrist conditions. It offers patients the potential for faster recovery, less postoperative pain, and improved outcomes compared to traditional open surgery. However, not all wrist conditions are suitable for arthroscopic treatment.


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For over 30 years, Virginia Board Certified Physician, Dr. Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr. has provided excellent healthcare and treatment for his patients. As a multi-specialty orthopedic practice, offering the best for you medically to treat, heal and lead you to optimum recovery. We are dedicated to using state-of-the-art technology while building nurturing relationships with each of our patients.

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