Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for wrist arthroscopy in Palm Beach. Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where a tiny camera is inserted into the wrist joint to diagnose and treat different diseases and conditions. Because it uses small incisions the recovery is faster than traditional open surgery.
Wrist arthroscopy is both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Some of the symptoms and conditions for which wrist arthroscopy can be of help for diagnosis and treatment include:
- Pain at the wrist with bending
- Pain at the wrist with twisting
- Swollen and puffy wrist
- Cracking and popping when moving the wrist
- Decreased range of motion with wrist movement
Wrist arthroscopy can also help diagnose different conditions and diseases. Some of these include wrist arthritis, wrist sprains, ligament tears, ligament inflammation, loose bodies, Kienbock's disease, and many others.
WHAT CAN WRIST ARTHROSCOPY VISUALIZE OR REPAIR?
Not every wrist condition can be treated by means of wrist arthroscopy. Some of the most common reasons to undergo wrist arthroscopy are:
- Visualization of the cartilage in the wrist joint and arthritis
- Evaluation of wrist ligaments
- Evaluation of chronic wrist pain
- Repair of wrist ligaments.
WRIST ARTHROSCOPY TREATMENT OPTIONS
Wrist arthroscopy is a treatment option for many conditions. Some of the most common ones are scapho-lunate ligament injury, ulnar sided wrist pain, TFCC tears, wrist sprains, ganglion cysts, wrist synovitis, wrist pain, wrist arthritis. This procedure is usually not the first line of treatment for most conditions, and is offered usually after failed conservative treatment. In some conditions, it can be used as a first line of treatment repair ligaments.
Wrist Arthroscopy Procedure
Wrist arthroscopy is performed by inserting a small fiber-optic tube housing a camera inside the wrist joint. To perform procedures its also necessary to insert other instruments to help clean and manipulate internal structures. The camera then projects the image into a monitor to enable the surgeon to perform the work required.
Made in the back of the wrist and only 4mm long to fit the camera
Made in the back of the wrist and only 2-3mm long to fit the instruments
RECOVERY AND DOWNTIME
Largely dependent on the disease that was treated, however, if no fracture or ligament repair was performed it can be as fast as 1 week. There is swelling, bruising, and stiffness in the wrist joint that gradually subsides.
The downtime is dependent on the treated disease. In most cases patients return to work after 1 week. A soft dressing remains in place for 3 days and is then removed. Hand washing is allowed after the dressing is removed.
Why Choose Precision Plastic Surgery for your Wrist Arthroscopy Procedure?
Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for wrist arthroscopy. Successful results in these procedures require a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best wrist arthroscopy Palm Beach can offer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Wrist arthroscopy is a very safe procedure, however, it has risks. The most common risk is temporary stiffness of the wrist which gradually improves with therapy. Unlikely risks include possible nerve and tendon injury.