What is it:
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows you to have a direct view of the structures that make up the joints of the wrist and hand. This technique can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the cause of pain or injury. It also allows you to perform some surgical procedures within the joint, without having to “open” it. Post-operative recovery is faster and less painful.
Arthroscopy can treat ligament, cartilage and bone disorders. The arthroscope is an instrument with a diameter of about 2 mm, equipped with an angled lens, which is connected to a fiber optic cable and a camera allows the surgeon to observe the structures inside the joint on a television monitor.
The surgery consists of various incisions in the wrist and the hand, to visualize the articulation from different points of view and to allow the introduction of different instruments. The incisions are usually very small (a few mm) so do not require stitches and can be closed using special adhesive plasters that are normally removed after about 7 days following surgery.
After arthroscopy, a bandage or brace will be required to immobilize the wrist, depending on the condition. Similarly, physiotherapy treatment varies depending on the nature of the lesion.