What is a Total Wrist Replacement?
TOTAL WRIST REPLACEMENT surgery is less common than knee or hip replacement, but can be an option if you have painful arthritis that does not respond to other treatments. In total wrist replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the wrist bones are removed and replaced with artificial components, called a prosthesis.
Wrist joint replacement can be done as an outpatient procedure, unlike a hip or knee replacement. Wrist replacement surgery is often combined with other procedures to correct deformities or disorders in the tendons, nerves, and small joints of the fingers, and thumb.
An incision is made on the back of the wrist. The damaged ends of the lower arm bones are removed and the first row of carpal bones may also be removed. The radial component of the prosthesis is inserted into the center of the radius bone on the outside of the lower arm. It is held in place with bone cement.