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A wrist arthroscopy is a common type of keyhole surgery to treat a damaged wrist joint. An arthroscopy can be recommended to look at the inside of the wrist joint if imaging tests have been performed and you have problems such as swelling or stiffness.
As well as allowing a surgeon to look inside a joint, an arthroscopy can also be used to treat a range of problems and conditions. During the arthroscopy your consultant may repair damaged cartilage or remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. A wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure and such has a much faster recover time than traditional open surgery.
Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.
If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.
Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.
Call our Reservations team on 01622 237727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.
If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.
If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation.
This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).
Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.
Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.
A wrist arthroscopy is a day case procedure that is carried out under local or general anaesthetic. During the procedure your consultant will look at your wrist joint with a special telescope that allows him to directly look at your joint, the cartilage and bone. As an arthroscopy is carried out using keyhole surgery, where only small cuts are made in the skin. This gives the procedure some potential advantages over traditional, open surgery including:
• reduced pain following the operation
• quicker healing time
• reduced risk of infection
• can be performed as a day case procedure
• faster recovery times
During the surgery your consultant will examine the inside of your wrist and wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces. It is usually possible for your consultant to also trim and repair a torn cartilage without needing to make a larger cut. Following surgery you will be able to go home on the same day. Your wrist may be swollen for a few weeks but regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
To find out more:
If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our reservations team on 01622 237727 or email email@example.com.
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