Improve Your Wrist Comfort and Function With a Wrist Arthroscopy in Thousand Oaks

For people who work with computers or use their hands frequently, unexplained wrist pain is a relatively common occurrence. If left untreated, this kind of discomfort will often grow worse, eventually impacting your ability to complete daily tasks without pain. At Elevate Plastic Surgery, we offer a procedure called wrist arthroscopy, which can diagnose and treat a variety of wrist problems.

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What Is a Wrist Arthroscopy?

Wrist arthroscopy is a medical procedure that uses a tiny camera and surgical instruments to examine or repair the joint of the wrist. This procedure gives Dr. Rahgozar the opportunity to get a close look at your wrist, allowing him to accurately diagnose the cause of your unexplained pain.

Wrist arthroscopy can also be used to treat several wrist conditions that have already been diagnosed, including the following:

  • Ganglion cysts
  • Ligament tears

What to Expect During Your Wrist Arthroscopy

Before your wrist arthroscopy, you’ll sit down for a consultation with Dr. Rahgozar to discuss the procedure. He’ll ask you about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing as well as your medical history. He’ll also answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Based on your unique situation, Dr. Rahgozar will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan for your wrist arthroscopy procedure. Typically, wrist arthroscopy will be performed using either regional anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Rahgozar will make a small incision in your affected wrist, through which he will insert a tiny tube with a camera attached called an arthroscope.

If the goal is to diagnose your source of wrist pain, the doctor will primarily use the camera to closely examine your wrist and determine what’s causing your discomfort. Alternatively, if you’re having a specific condition treated, he will use surgical tools to make the necessary repairs to your wrist. When Dr. Rahgozar has finished examining and/or repairing your wrist, he will remove the arthroscope and close your incision with sutures. You’ll then be brought to a recovery room, where you’ll be monitored for a couple of hours before a friend or family member can drive you home.

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What Is the Recovery Like After a Wrist Arthroscopy?

After your wrist arthroscopy, you may experience some mild swelling or soreness. You’ll be advised to keep your wrist elevated as often as possible for two to three days. You can also treat your symptoms by taking pain medication as needed, which Dr. Rahgozar can prescribe if necessary.

Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to return to work only a few days after your wrist arthroscopy. However, you will need to wait several weeks before resuming activities that involve your wrist and hand. Dr. Rahgozar will advise you when it’s okay to start using your wrist again without risking reinjury. He may also give you physical therapy exercises that you can do to speed up the healing process.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Wrist Arthroscopy?

If you’re experiencing persistent, unexplained pain in your wrist, you could be a good candidate for wrist arthroscopy. This procedure can also be an effective treatment option for individuals who have been diagnosed with certain wrist conditions, such as ligament tears.

Typically, if you’re experiencing mysterious wrist pain, you’ll want to try at-home treatments before resorting to wrist arthroscopy. Sometimes, you may be able to alleviate the pain by icing the wrist or resting it for a few days. If these treatments do not improve the situation, then wrist arthroscopy may be a viable option.

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Why Choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for Your Wrist Arthroscopy in Thousand Oaks?

When you choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for your wrist arthroscopy in Thousand Oaks, your procedure will be performed by Dr. Paymon Rahgozar. Dr. Rahgozar is a triple board-certified surgeon who specializes in procedures of the hand and wrist. Throughout his prestigious career, he has successfully treated a wide variety of hand and wrist conditions, helping numerous patients improve their day-to-day comfort and quality of life. Dr. Rahgozar and our dedicated staff take pride in providing each patient with a comfortable, stress-free experience, personalized care, and high-quality results. If you’re ready to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Rahgozar, simply give our office a call today.

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Wrist Arthroscopy FAQ

How long does a wrist arthroscopy take?

What results can I expect from my wrist arthroscopy?

How long does a wrist arthroscopy take?

The length of your wrist arthroscopy will depend on whether it’s being used to diagnose or repair a wrist condition. On average, though, the procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

What results can I expect from my wrist arthroscopy?

In some cases, any problems diagnosed during a wrist arthroscopy can be repaired during the same procedure. However, there are other times in which a separate surgery or treatment will be needed. Immediately after your procedure, Dr. Rahgozar will take the time to discuss his findings with you and advise you on any additional treatments that may be needed.

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