Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). Your doctor puts a lighted tube with a tiny camera through small incisions. The camera is called an arthroscope, or scope.
Wrist arthroscopy can treat several problems.
You probably will go home on the day of the surgery. When you can go back to your usual routine depends on your wrist problem. You may need about 6 weeks to recover. It may take longer if you had damaged tissue repaired. You may have to limit your activity until your wrist strength and movement are back to normal. You may also need physiotherapy or occupational therapy.
If you have a desk job, you may be able to go back to work a few days to a few weeks after the surgery. If you lift things or do physical labour at work, it may be 1 to 2 months before you can go back.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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