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After Wrist Arthroscopy

After surgery, your joint may be swollen, painful, and stiff. Recovery times vary, depending on what was done. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity. Avoid gripping objects tightly or lifting. You may wear a bandage, splint, or cast for some time.

Woman with bandaged wrist sitting arm bent and elbow supported on pillow. She is opening and closing fist on bandaged arm.
You may be told to practice opening and closing your fingers a few times each day.

At Home

Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for healing:

  • Elevate and ice your wrist to reduce swelling.

  • Wear your wrist dressing to let the joint heal.

  • When you shower, cover your wrist with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Take pain medication as directed.

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The checklist below helps remind you what to do after arthroscopy.

Checkbox. Schedule your first follow-up visit for 5 days after surgery or as directed.

Checkbox. Take care of your incision and bathe as directed.

Checkbox. Complete your physical therapy program.

Checkbox. You can do these activities right away:

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Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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