Hand and Wrist Surgery

Wrist Arthroscopy

 What is a wrist arthroscopy?

A wrist arthroscopy is a procedure used to assess if there is any damage to the wrist bones, tendons and ligaments. It is performed by inflating the wrist joint with fluid, making several small incisions and inserting a fine telescope and a fine probe. Further procedures can be performed through the arthroscope.

Will I be in hospital for long?

A wrist arthroscopy is generally performed as a day procedure, which means you will go home the same day.

Will it be very painful afterwards?

Generally you will have some discomfort which may be relieved with Panadol, Panadeine or Panadeine Forte tablets.

How should I care for my wrist after surgery?

  • You need to keep the dressings ON and DRY

  • You should not do any heavy lifting with the wrist

  • The bandage can be removed 4-5 days following the surgery but the sterile plasters under the bandage need to be KEPT ON until you see Mr Salmon for

  • your post-operative visit

  • You can drive a car 5-7 days following surgery if it is comfortable to do so.

Exercises for the wrist

You can commence exercises straight after the surgery. The wrist will be sore but early movement is the best way to prevent stiffness.

Exercises to do are:

  • Rotation of the forearm.

  • Bending the wrist forwards and backwards.