High-tech, high-touch wrist surgery - to relieve pain and increase mobility.
Because the wrist is involved in so many of our actions, it is easily injured. But pain, limited function, and swelling can make even simple tasks difficult. Our orthopedic specialists use the most advanced techniques to treat conditions from arthritis to carpal tunnel, so that you can go about your day with less pain and more ease of movement.
Sprains, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are among the most common reasons for pain, swelling, and limited function of the wrist.
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Our orthopedic surgery team specializes in a variety of diagnostic procedures designed to carefully analyze your wrist injury or condition and determine the best course of action.
You may be a good candidate for a wrist surgery if non-surgical treatments and medications are not effective in alleviating your condition, or if these methods stop working for you.
There are a number of non-surgical approaches to healing or coping with wrist injuries or disorders. Your doctor will help you decide what is best for you.
- Exercise: Follow a prescribed exercise program. Specific exercises can improve the range of motion in your wrist.
- Immobilization: Use a splint to keep the wrist still and protected for a short time to help relieve symptoms.
- Medication: Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, to reduce pain and swelling.
- Modifying your activities: Limit or stop the activities that make the pain worse.
- Steroid injection: Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine that can be injected into the wrist joint.
In this procedure, three small carpal bones, or wrist bones, are removed. This procedure will relieve pain while maintaining partial wrist motion.
When motion is the source of pain, carpal bones can be fused together to make one, solid bone. There are two types of fusion:
- partial, in which just some of the carpal bones are fused together. This eliminates pain and retains some wrist motion.
- complete, in which all of the carpal bones are fused together, as well as the radius. This completely eliminates wrist motion, but does not affect forearm rotation. Complete fusion is used when the arthritis is extensive.