Wrist Arthroscopy: Conditions Treated
Wrist arthroscopy is used mostly for diagnosis. In some cases, it is used
in treatment. It works best for showing ligament tears, or damage to the
triangular fibrocartilage complex
(TFCC) or cartilage. Since the wrist is a very small joint, the surgeon uses a
The ligaments between the bones of the wrist can tear. This most often
occurs between the lunate and scaphoid bones or the lunate and triquetrum
bones. Such tears can cause pain, swelling, and a weak grip. With a full
tear, the bones may pull apart and limit motion. To perform repairs, your
surgeon may shift to open surgery.
Injury or constant use over time can cause a tear in the TFCC (triangular
fibrocartilage complex). During surgery, the tear may be shaved off or
repaired. Bone or cartilage fragments may be removed. After healing, you
should be able to move your wrist with greater ease and less pain.
If you have wearing down of the cartilage
(arthritis), your surgeon will shave off or smooth the worn area. Bone or cartilage
fragments that have chipped off in the joint
(loose bodies) will be removed. The removal of loose bodies can help restore smooth,
pain-free wrist movement.