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Wrist Replacement Surgery in Chembur, Mumbai

Wrist replacement, also known as wrist arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace damaged joints with artificial implants. The surgery is to achieve a pain-free, stable joint with a functional range of motion.

Our wrist is a complex joint with ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and lubricating fluids. Orthopedic surgeons will suggest wrist replacement surgery for severely damaged wrist joints if other non-invasive treatment options do not relieve pain and restore wrist function.

What is wrist replacement surgery?

In total wrist replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the wrist joints are replaced with artificial components. The procedure is not as common as hip replacement or knee replacement surgeries. It’s usually the last resort for patients suffering from painful arthritis.

The surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. 

Your surgeon will make an incision to the back of your wrist to remove damaged bones and place the artificial joint made of plastic and metal.

Why is wrist replacement performed?

Your doctor will recommend the surgery when the damage to the wrist is extensive and the pain and restriction of movement are severe. The surgery treats severe pain, deformity, disability, and weakness of the wrist, and improves your quality of life. 

Who qualifies for the procedure?

Wrist replacement is often suggested in case of:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Injuries to the wrist like torn ligament, fracture, or torn cartilage.

Typical symptoms of wrist damage are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Clicking or cracking sound 
  • Restricted range of motion

You can reach out to your physician to discuss if you are eligible for the surgery and to get further details about the procedure and the implants. Discuss all treatment options, risks, and benefits of the procedure to make an educated decision.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the potential complications of the procedure?

Complications may rarely arise during the procedure or the recovery period. General risks during the surgery include:

  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Blood clot
  • Bleeding
  • A complication in wrist replacement isn’t very common, but possible complications are:
  • Fracture of the new joint
  • Damage to nerve, muscle, or blood vessel
  • Stiffness and pain of the joint
  • Damage to the implant which will need replacement

What are the benefits of wrist replacement surgery?

Eliminating pain and improving wrist function is the main benefit of the procedure. It helps you to be independent and perform almost all activities on your own. The artificial implants can work well for about 10-15 years if you are careful. Protect your wrist after surgery by avoiding contact sports, heavy lifting, activities with a high risk of falling.

Conclusion

Our wrists enable various activities in our daily life. Deteriorating wrist joints can therefore affect our quality of life severely. Treatments like physiotherapy, pain medication, and steroid injection can help but if pain and disability persist, surgery might be necessary. 

Total wrist replacements have been highly successful in relieving pain and restoring wrist function. You regain a range of motion of 60 to 70 degrees that helps to carry out most of your daily activities.

Resources

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/wrist-joint-replacement-wrist-arthroplasty/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/orthopedic-surgery/news/wrist-replacement-an-option-for-advanced-arthritis/mac-20431493

What is the usual recovery period after wrist replacement surgery?

Your wrist will be in a cast for a few weeks to ensure restricted movement of the joint after surgery. Cast will be replaced with a splint for another 6 - 8 weeks. The recovery program also includes rehabilitation to improve the strength and motion of the wrist.

How to prepare for wrist replacement surgery?

  • You can always be prepared before the surgery to ensure the best comfort and outcome of the procedure.
  • Discuss all your medications, supplements, allergies, and medical history with your surgeon.
  • Get all prescribed pre-op tests to ensure your general health condition is stable for the surgery.
  • Arrange for a drive back home and possible assistance for 24 hours post-surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink before surgery as advised by your doctors.
  • Quit smoking as soon as possible.
  • Follow the dietary guidelines given by your doctor.

Can implants be replaced if damaged?

The longevity of the implant differs from person to person. An individual’s age, activity level, and medical condition can have an impact on how long the implants last. In most cases, if the implants fail, they can be replaced with good results. Implants are after all mechanical devices replacing your natural joints, they can be damaged or worn out leading to loosening.

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