Treatments & Procedures

Total wrist joint replacement

Wrist joint replacement surgery 

If reconstruction of a severely damaged wrist joint is not possible, replacement of the wrist with an implant can provide relief of symptoms and improvement or restoration of function.

With this procedure, the damaged wrist joint is removed and replaced with a joint implant made of metal and a polyurethane material.

On average, total wrist replacement can preserve movement of 30 degrees of flexion and 30-40 degrees of extension with reduced pain. All hand and wrist implants have a limited life span. Within 5 years of placement, approximately 10% of the implants require revision surgery.

If the wrist is too damaged for replacement surgery, a wrist fusion can be considered.