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Wrist arthroscopy (keyhole investigation & surgery of the wrist)

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Wrist arthroscopy (keyhole investigation & surgery of the wrist)

A wrist arthroscopy, or a keyhole surgery, is performed to allow a surgeon to see inside the wrist in order to diagnose and treat problems of the joints, cartilage or ligaments. Using a small thin telescope called arthroscope, the consultant can inspect any damage caused to the wrist that is not visible on scans, and then repair them with special arthroscopic instruments. Most wrist arthroscopies are performed using a regional block. The operation usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the condition of the wrist. The patient will usually be able to go home the same day.The wrist will swell for up to 2-3 weeks after the surgery, but this will gradually disappear. Your physiotherapist will give you exercises and advice to help you to recover from the operation. It can take a few weeks to get back to normal activities.

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