Wrist arthroplasty

Wrist ArthroplastyWrist Arthroplasty is performed when the cartilage is worn away or damaged and bones by rubbing against each other cause excruciating pain. The impairment of the cartilage may be caused by a number of reasons including various injuries and diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Post Traumatic Arthritis. Wrist Arthroplasty may help recover the movements of wrist and allow to perform daily activities, especially if there is arthritis in the elbow and shoulder.

During the Wrist Arthroplasty an incision is made on the back of the wrist. The damaged ends of the lower arm bones are removed and replaced by an artificial joint (prosthesis).

After the surgery a patient is required to wear a cast for the first several weeks. Afterwards, for the next six weeks a patient will have to use a protective splint. Although after wrist arthoplasty the pain will relieve, the loss of any movement at the wrist can be challenging. A patient will have to do gradual exercises for several weeks to restore movement and to increase power and develop endurance.

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