If the cartilage in your wrist has been worn away from infection, injury or disease, the bones are going to start rubbing against one another. Over time, the bones will wear out causing a painful form of arthritis. Whether it be rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, both forms can end up affecting the strength in your hand and fingers, which makes it difficult to pinch or grip.
Wrist replacement surgery is often done on an outpatient basis, unlike knee or hip replacement surgery. The surgeon will carefully make an incision along the back part of your wrist. Any of the damaged bones are taken out, as well as your first row of carpal bones. The prosthetic device is then inserted into the center part of your radius, using a bone cement to hold it in place.
Depending on the prosthetic design, it might need to have the carpal component inserted into the center part of your bones. Bone cement is often used to keep the component securely in position. A spacer is inserted between the components to provide movement.
For the first several weeks after surgery, you will need to wear a cast. Once the cast is taken off, you have to wear a splint for another six to eight weeks. Even though you will get relief from pain right away, you have to exercise gradually for a number of weeks to regain movement, increase endurance and power. Expect to regain about half of your normal movement after this surgery.
I Need A Surgery can get you the procedure through the Surgery Center Network for $4,980, versus having to pay $49,800 if you were to book the procedure at a local hospital on your own. Pricing is exclusive of any implants or other hardware and is only an average. Your actual cost might be higher or lower.
Your wrist is one of the most used joints of your body. Total wrist replacement surgery can help alleviate pain and restore normal movement. Fill out the contact form for more information.
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