What is Wrist Arthroscopy?
Wrist arthroscopy is a part of surgical treatment for the wrist usually that is affected by the rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthroscopy is a procedure that enables physician to access the joint without the need of making a large incision
Arthroscopic treatment is carried out using a tools that can be inserted into the joint through a key tube. Therefore, this tools will shave the strong and inflamed synovium, which is one of the main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
General Information About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Synovium is a membrane that lines the inner part of the joint. Within the normal joint synovium is thin and consist only a few cells. However, in the case of rheumatoid arthritis the synovium undergoes an inflammation. Thus, becoming thick and colonized by myriad inflammatory cells.
These inflammatory cells contained in the thick inflamed synovium that acts to perpetuate the inflammation. by producing chemicals that fuel inflammation further. Cytokines lead to the destruction of cartilage in the joint.
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Medications are the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. They will blocked some parts of the inflammatory process that is taking place in the synovium. However, these medications must be taken for a long period of time, and unfortunately, they are not without adverse effects.
Arthroscopy enables us to reduce the amount of the inflamed synovium. The arthroscopic synovectomy will help to treat the synovitis and temporarily taking over the role of medications in rheumatoid arthritis. This allows patients to take a short break from medications.
The benefit of the treatment can be perceived by several patients who are:
- Not able to tolerate medication side effects
- Having contraindication in some medications
- Patients who are planning for pregnancy