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Wrist Surgery Procedures at Our Los Angeles Center

Your wrist joint is one of the most complicated joints in your entire body. If you have wrist-related injuries, pain or numbness, your surgeon may be able to determine the cause and decide on an appropriate treatment. Examples of wrist surgeries performed include:

Reconstructive Wrist Surgery

Helps Treat: partially paralyzed limb, pinched nerve, rheumatoid arthritis and congenital deformities such as club hand, Madelung’s deformity or cerebral palsy

About the Procedure: Reconstructive wrist surgery can re-route damaged tendons that connect muscles to bone in your wrist. Your surgeon may need to connect other tendons to each other or even cut tendons to reduce nerve decompression and inflammation. Reconstructive surgery can also involve bone fusions to alter bone shape and fusing joints together to correct deformities.

Wrist Fusions

Helps Treat: arthritis or fractures that result from injury

About the Procedure: Arthritis can affect your body’s ability to properly move the wrist joint. Over time, a functional loss can lead to deformities that cause your hand and wrist to tilt to one side. Degenerative conditions such as arthritis can cause a loss of cartilage that supports the wrist joints, causing the delicate bones to rub against each other, which results in pain. Wrist fusion surgery involves fusing the carpal bones in the wrist and the metacarpals of your hand into one solid piece of bone. This allows you to rotate your hand in a pain-free manner, but will affect your ability to bend your wrist.

Wrist Joint Replacement

Helps Treat: arthritis and/or wrist injury

About the Procedure: If you are considering wrist surgery but do not want to sacrifice wrist flexibility, artificial wrist joint replacement can help. Artificial wrist joint replacement involves removing damaged portions of the joint and replacing the wrist joint with an artificial joint that functions much as your original joint does.

miVIP Surgery Center surgeons are well-versed in a number of wrist procedures, such as nerve decompression and tendon release to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Arthroscopic Difference

Surgeons at miVIP Surgical Centers perform wrist surgery procedures via arthroscopic methods. The arthroscopic approach is a minimally invasive method to access the wrist area. Instead of using a large incision, your surgeon is able to use two to three incisions that are about one-fourth of an inch in length. This is accomplished via the use of an arthroscope, which is a thin tube with a camera on the end. The camera transmits images to a high-definition screen where your surgeon can visualize the affected area. When the surgery is complete, your surgeon may use small incisions or bandage strips to secure and close the incision.

Minimally Invasive Benefits

Undergoing minimally invasive wrist surgery means more than a significantly smaller scar post-surgery, although that is certainly a benefit. When your surgeon makes smaller incisions, this involves exposing less of the inner portions of your body, which decreases the likelihood bacteria and other pathogens will enter the wound. By using smaller incisions, bacteria have less surface area to invade.

Benefits of arthroscopic surgery include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Less infection risk


The recovery period following your surgery may depend upon the surgical approach utilized and the severity of your wrist condition. Your physician can recommend methods such as physical therapy to strengthen the wrist and restore flexibility. If you have lost hand function such as gripping ability, these methods can help. Along with surgery, physical therapy and post-surgical care of the wrist can maximize your outcomes while minimizing pain.

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