Wrist Arthroscopy



  • To perform an internal examination or treatment in the radiocarpal and/or midcarpal joints.

  • There are three categories of indications for wrist arthroscopy:
    • Diagnostic – where the preoperative diagnosis is uncertain

    • Staging – where the diagnosis is known but the stage of disease is not

    • Therapeutic – where a procedure is performed arthroscopically

  • Examples of each category are:
    • Diagnostic – causes of wrist pain, confirmation of imaging uncertainties

    • Staging – osteoarthritis, decision-making before proximal row carpectomy

    • Therapeutic – ganglion excision, synovectomy, radial styloidectomy, arthroscopically assisted reduction of scaphoid and distal radius fractures


Distal Radius Distal Radius Fracture Radiocarpal Joint Extensor Carpus Ulnaris Radial Styloid 
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Further Reading

  1. Siparsky PN, Kocher MS. Current concepts in pediatric and ­adolescent arthroscopy. Arthroscopy. 2009;25(12):1453–69.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Poehling GG. Current concepts in wrist arthroscopy. Arthroscopy. 2008;24(3):343–54.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Puhaindran ME, Yam AK, Chin AY, et al. Wrist arthroscopy: beware the novice. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2009;34(4):540–2.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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