The arthritic surface is removed and the bones on each side of the joint are fused together. Joint fusion may be used to relieve pain and correct deformities that interfere with functioning. With a wrist fusion, you will lose some motion but you will regain a strong wrist. This is especially important if you work with your hands or need strength more than flexibility. A wrist fusion is usually the best surgical option for patients who are active.
Joint replacement surgery in the wrist is less common than knee or hip replacement but can be an option if you have painful arthritis that does not respond to other treatments. In wrist joint replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the wrist bones are removed and replaced with artificial components.