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Wrist Arthroscopy Surgery in Koramangala, Bangalore

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that is considered both commonplace and indispensable, enabling ambulatory treatment where hospitalization was once necessary. It is considered an essential part of orthopedic resident training in many parts of the world and the standard of care to treat a joint problem.

Any joint can have arthroscopy performed on it, it depends on your arthroscopic doctor’s ability to use arthroscopy in every joint.

Consider discussing it with an orthopedic specialist in Koramangala.

What is wrist arthroscopy?

Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for diagnosing and treating complications in the wrist joint. It involves inserting a small and narrow telescope called an arthroscope, through a small incision in your wrist, about the size of a buttonhole.

It transmits live visuals to a screen so that the surgeon can see the region in which the operation is carried out without directly seeing it.

What are the symptoms that lead to the surgery?

Severity of a wrist pain may vary, depending on the cause. The most common symptoms are:

  • Chronic wrist pain
  • Ligament tears
  • Wrist fractures
  • TFCC tear (causing pain along the outside of your wrist)
  • Ganglion cysts (lumps in the wrist)

What causes wrist injury?

Common reasons are:

  • Sports activities
  • Repetitive work that involves your hands and wrists
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and gout disease
  • Sudden impacts lead to sprains, strains and even fractures

When do you need to see a doctor?

Not all wrist injuries or pain need surgery. In order to assess whether an arthroscopy is necessary and/or to determine an operational plan, your orthopedic specialist will conduct a range of pre-operational tests. You can visit any of the best orthopaedic hospitals in Koramangala.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the risk factors of wrist arthroscopy?

Risks includes and are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Damage to nerves, tendons or cartilage
  • Stiffness or loss of joint motion
  • Weakness of the wrist

What are the complications?

Call your surgeon if you experience any of these complications after surgery:

  • High fever (over 100.5 degrees F) and chills
  • A greenish-yellow discharge from the wound
  • Excessive pain
  • Skin peeling
  • Wrist weakness
  • Torn sutures with a visibly open wound

What can you expect during the surgery?

After you are prepared for arthroscopy, anesthesia is administered. For the elbow and wrist operation, the joint is usually mounted on an elevated platform called an arm table.

Your doctor will choose the necessary equipment for your surgery, but the incisions made to access the area will be identical irrespective of the procedure being done. Arthroscopy, by definition, involves incisions of less than 3 cm (roughly 1 inch). Many procedures can be performed with incisions as small as 0.25 cm (1/4") or even less.

The surgeon will prepare the site with the injection of saline fluid if the joint area is very small and narrow. This helps in expanding the area and provides a better picture of the joint. The next steps vary according to the procedure being done.


Arthroscopic surgery has become a standard of treatment for many forms of joint problems. It is considered a viable alternative to open surgery. However, it is not a single-size solution.

If for whatever reason, your doctor recommends arthroscopic surgery, try to keep your mind open and ask questions. Do not hesitate to get a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon in Bangalore who specializes in your condition.

1. Is arthroscopic wrist surgery painful?

You would not feel any pain during the surgery, because the regional anesthesia dose you have received makes you feel sleepy and numb. A slight pain would be experienced only after the effect of the dose has subsided.

2. How long can I expect to be off work after wrist surgery?

For the first week, no activity is permitted. Generally, after 2-3 weeks, light work like typing and holding a phone is recommended and after 6 weeks, you can continue your normal work. Till then no heavy lifting or putting entire body weight on the operative hand.

3. How long does wrist surgery take?

From 30 to 90 minutes. It’s an outpatient surgery.


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