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Wrist Replacement Surgery (Wrist Arthroplasty)

Wrist replacement surgery
Wrist replacement surgery

Wrist replacement is a procedure in which a damaged wrist joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. The prosthesis, or replacement part, is usually comprised of metal with a polyethylene (plastic) spacer. It’s designed to function like a regular, healthy wrist. Joint replacement is referred to as arthroplasty in medical terms.

Anatomy of wrist

Anatomy of wrist

The wrist comprises of eight to nine small bones roughly arranged in two rows. The wrist is made up of forearm bones, carpal bones, and hand bones. The wrist plays an important role in our day-to-day activities. For example, bending, rotating of hands, and stretching or straightening of hands are all controlled by wrist joints.

It moves as you are doing things like waving, picking something, typing, exercising, or massaging your head. Unfortunately, all these basic activities become difficult if your joints are damaged or stiff.

Why is it done?

Why is it done?

There are a variety of reasons why someone could need wrist replacement surgery. Wrists can become sore and swollen as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other types of arthritis. Wrist pain can be relieved with pain medications and exercises to some extent, and if you suffer from persistent pain, surgery may be required.

Conditions under which wrist replacement surgery might be needed:

What happens before wrist replacement?

What happens before wrist replacement?

The replacement surgery is performed by an expert orthopedic surgeon, who analyses and assesses the medical history and lab reports to determine the right cause of the pain before starting with the surgery. 

What happens during wrist replacement?

What happens during wrist replacement?

This procedure takes a maximum of two hours and is performed by an expert orthopedic surgeon.

After the procedure

After the procedure

After the surgery is completed successfully, the doctor may prescribe drugs to help you cope with any discomfort or pain that may arise. In addition, the surgeon may recommend certain home therapies such as simple hand movements and exercises to help the bones to adjust properly.

Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons

Benefits/Pros

Cons/Complications

FAQ
FAQ

It may take a maximum of six to 12 weeks for the wrist to heal. During the healing period, doctors suggest the patient to start making slight wrist movements to help improve their flexibility.

Usually, the patient is discharged within the same day after the surgery, but it truly depends on each case.