Advances in wrist arthroscopy

J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012 Nov;20(11):725-34. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-20-11-725.


Since its introduction more than three decades ago, wrist arthroscopy has continually evolved. The procedure has a wide list of indications, including diagnostic and management applications. The scope of practice for the wrist arthroscopic surgeon includes management of triangulofibrocartilage complex pathology, evaluation and management of carpal instability, assistance in fracture reduction of the radius and scaphoid, treatment of trapeziometacarpal synovitis and arthritis, distal ulnar and carpal bone excisions, and salvage procedures. In addition, innovations such as new portals and smaller arthroscopes have expanded the applications of wrist arthroscopy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Arthroscopes
  • Arthroscopy / adverse effects
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Arthroscopy / trends
  • Carpal Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Carpal Bones / surgery
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries
  • Contracture / surgery
  • Equipment Design
  • Ganglia / surgery
  • Hand / surgery
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / surgery
  • Joint Capsule Release
  • Joint Instability / surgery
  • Radiography
  • Wrist Joint / surgery*