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What to Expect During a Wrist Joint Replacement Surgery

Wrist joint replacement surgery, also known as wrist arthroscopy, is far less common than other joints, but can be necessary if arthritic pain becomes unbearable. The bones will rub together if the cartilage in the wrist becomes damage and may call for surgical repair. During this minimally invasive surgery, the injured parts of the wrist are replaced with a prosthesis to relieve pain and restore strength while allowing the hand and wrist to function properly. This is an outpatient procedure performed with either general or local anesthesia.

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Recovering from a Wrist Joint Replacement Surgery

After surgery, your wrist is placed in a splint and wrapped in a bandage to keep the joint stable to promote adequate healing. In a week, Dr. Madsen may have you come back for a follow up appointment to check on the healing process. It is recommended to patients to keep the wrist elevated after surgery to reduce the chance of inflammation.

Patients may require physical rehabilitation (rehab) following a wrist joint replacement surgery. At first, help is provided by either Dr. Madsen or a physical therapist. Once progress is made, patients are given exercises to do on their own.

Follow Up Care

It is vital that patients make and go to all appointments and keep in contact with Dr. Madsen, especially if problems arise. It is also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines prescribed.

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