Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure using a small fibre optic instrument called an arthroscope to diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. The wrist is a complex joint with eight small bones and many connecting ligaments, arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions of the wrist including: chronic wrist pain, fractures, ganglion cysts and ligament tears.
An arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat wrist problems where it is not clear what is causing the wrist pain or when non-surgical management has not been successful.
Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose the cause of the problem and once diagnosis is made can often be used to treat the condition as well using probes, forceps, knives and shavers at the end of the arthroscope.
For the first few days after surgery ice, elevation and exercises can be used to keep swelling downs and maintain or rebuild strength. Pain medications will help relieve any pain.