Wrist Joint Replacement surgery, also called Total Wrist Arthroplasty, is used to treat the symptoms of arthritis that have not responded to non-surgical treatments such as medication or therapy. Arthritis is a general term covering numerous conditions where the joint surfaces wear out. The joint surface is covered by a smooth articular surface made of cartilage that allows pain free movement in the joint. This surface can wear out for a number of reasons. Often the definite cause is unknown.
When the articular cartilage wears out, the bone ends rub on one another causing pain. There are numerous conditions that can cause arthritis and often the exact cause is never known. In general, but not always, it affects people as they get older. This type of arthritis is called “wear and tear” arthritis or Osteoarthritis.
The goal of wrist joint replacement surgery is to eliminate your pain and increase the mobility of your wrist joint.
Wrist joint replacement surgery is performed under sterile conditions in the operating room under general or regional anaesthesia. The surgery may be done as day surgery enabling you to go home the same day. Your surgeon will perform the following:
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