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Your wrists are incredibly tough, but they aren’t invincible. If you develop carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, and it interferes with your ability to perform routine tasks, don’t wait to seek professional help. At C D Orthopedics, PC, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Christopher Durant, MD, uses wrist arthroscopy to diagnose and treat problems affecting the wrists. To make an appointment at the practice in Brentwood, New York, call the office or schedule online today.
Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that diagnoses and treats problems affecting your wrist joint. Specifically, it uses a small surgical instrument called an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a light and a camera on the end.
The camera on the end of the arthroscope provides real-time images of your shoulder joint, allowing Dr. Durant to diagnose the source of your discomfort and make the necessary repairs.
Wrist arthroscopy makes it easy for Dr. Durant to access and treat your wrist joint. It uses smaller incisions and specialized tools, resulting in quicker recovery times, fewer complications, and improved treatment outcomes.
Dr. Durant uses wrist arthroscopy to diagnose and treat various issues, including:
You might also benefit from wrist arthroscopy if you tear the TFCC, a supportive structure that pads and cushions your wrist.
Wrist arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Durant administers anesthesia to ensure your comfort. When the anesthesia sets in, he makes two small incisions at the back of your wrist. Then, Dr. Durant inserts the arthroscope through the incisions.
Dr. Durant uses the arthroscope to assess the condition of your wrist joint. Once he pinpoints the source of your discomfort, he inserts small specialized tools through the same incisions and makes the necessary repairs. When Dr. Durant finishes, he removes the arthroscope and tools, stitches up the incisions, wraps your wrist, and provides care instructions.
Following wrist arthroscopy, it’s normal to experience some wrist pain and swelling. Keep your wrist elevated for the first two to three days, take your medication as prescribed, and closely follow Dr. Durant’s instructions.
Once your wrist starts healing, Dr. Durant provides you with at-home stretches and exercises. These activities help strengthen your wrist and restore its full range of motion.
Wrist arthroscopy is safe and usually well-tolerated. Even so, it’s important you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Before making any recommendations, Dr. Durant conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history. He uses this information to determine the type of arthroscopy that will most benefit you.
To explore the benefits of wrist arthroscopy, make an appointment at C D Orthopedics, PC, by calling the office, or scheduling online today.