Arthroscopic Arthrolysis of the Wrist

Gregory I. Bain, Karthikraj Kuberakani, Riccardo Luchetti, Andrea Atzei

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Secondary wrist stiffness usually occurs following trauma or surgery and is classified as intra-articular, capsular, or extra-articular. Arthrofibrosis affects the radiocarpal, midcarpal, ulnocarpal, and/or distal radioulnar joints. Conservative treatment is the mainstay of management. Once conservative modalities fail, surgical arthrolysis, either open or arthroscopic, helps to relieve pain and restore motion. Arthroscopic arthrolysis involves resection of intra-articular adhesions, chondral debridement, capsulotomy, and release of radiocarpal ligaments. Arthroscopy will often reveal other occult pathologies which can be treated during the same procedure if appropriate. Rehabilitation should be started immediately after surgery and individualized to the pathologies and requirements of the patient. Arthroscopic arthrolysis is the surgical treatment of choice as it is less invasive, allows immediate postoperative mobilization with minimal scarring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArthroscopy and Endoscopy of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand
Subtitle of host publicationSurgical Anatomy and Techniques
EditorsDeepak N. Bhatia, Gregory I. Bain, Gary G. Poehling, Benjamin R. Graves
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030794231
ISBN (Print)9783030794224
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Wrist stiffness
  • Arthroscopic arthrolysis
  • Contracture
  • Arthrofibrosis


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