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Wrist surgery

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If moving your wrist is painful, surgery may be needed to repair damaged cartilage and ligaments.

In many cases, Marshfield Clinic Orthopedic Hand specialists use arthroscopy​. This procedure uses a small incision to insert a tiny camera and surgical tools to make the repair.

Wrist Arthroscopy: Conditions Treated

Wrist arthroscopy is used for diagnosis and treatment. It works best for showing ligament tears, or damage to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) or joint cartilage. Since the wrist is a very small joint, the surgeon uses a special arthroscope.

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Ligament damage is revealed.

Ligament tears

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.

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The TFCC is repaired.

TFCC damage

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.

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Damaged cartilage is shaved off.

Cartilage damage

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.

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What Do You Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel isn’t a feature along your local interstate. It’s a pathway inside your wrist that carries the median nerve from your arm to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects your hand. Test your knowledge of carpal tunnel syndrome by taking this quiz.

1. What is one of the main symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome?
2. Which of these is another common symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?
3. Women are more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
4. You are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome if you work on an assembly line than in data-entry.
5. Carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgeries done in the U.S.
6. Surgery is the only way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
7. How can you help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome while at work?