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Wrist ArthroscopyWrist Arthroscopic

Wrist arthroscopy is a surgery that allows a doctor to see the inside of a joint. It is performed after a patient sustains an injury such as a fall or a twisting of the wrist and is experiencing pain, clicks or swelling. These symptoms may mean there is an internal problem of the wrist. Arthroscopy is often the best way of directly looking at the injury and repairing it. The procedure can be used to help align fractures of the wrist, remove some ganglions of the wrist, wash out infection, or remove excess joint lining associated with inflammation from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

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Triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) RepairWrist Arthroscopy TFCC

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a cartilage structure located on the small finger side of the wrist that, cushions and supports the small carpal bones in the wrist. The TFCC keeps the forearm bones (radius and ulna) stable when the hand grasps or the forearm rotates. An injury or tear to the TFCC can cause chronic wrist pain.

There are two types of TFCC tears:

  • Type 1 tears are called traumatic tears. Falling on an outstretched hand and excessive arm rotation are the most common causes.

 

  • Type 2 TFCC tears are degenerative or chronic.  The degenerative process wears the cartilage down over time and age. Some inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, may also contribute to Type 2 TFCC tears.

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