What is hand and wrist synovectomy?

Hand and wrist synovectomy is a surgical procedure to remove inflamed tissue lining the hand and wrist joints. This is in early cases of inflammatory arthritis where there is significant swelling causing pain or limiting the range of motion of digits and thumb. The procedure may be performed using arthroscopy, where an arthroscope, a thin tube with a small light and video camera at its end, is inserted into incisions the surgeon makes on your hand/wrist. Images from inside the hand and wrist will then be projected onto a monitor.

Why do you need hand and wrist synovectomy?

Hand and wrist synovectomy can help prolong the function of your hand and wrist joints, and relieve pain caused by arthritis. Inflamed tissue can also push the joints of your hands and wrists out of position – hand and wrist synovectomy can improve how your hand or wrist looks.

What can you expect when undergoing hand and wrist synovectomy?

During Hand and Wrist Synovectomy

An arthroscopy will need to happen during hand and wrist synovectomy. During the arthroscopy, your surgeon makes an incision in your hand and wrist. 

An arthroscope, a thin tube with a small light and video camera at its end, is inserted into the incision and images from inside your hand/wrist will be projected onto a monitor. 

If the inflamed tissue (synovium) is of a small amount, your surgeon will perform a partial synovectomy. During a complete synovectomy, all of the inflamed tissue (synovium) will be cut out.

After Hand and Wrist Synovectomy

Stiffness and swelling can be expected after hand and wrist synovectomy. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can help with relaxing and flexing your hand and wrist joint post surgery.

Why choose Novena Surgery for hand and wrist synovectomy?

Doctors who choose to perform hand and wrist synovectomy at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo hand and wrist synovectomy in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform hand and wrist synovectomy at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
Centre for Hand and Reconstructive MicrosurgeryDr Lim Beng HaiMount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth # 06-05
Singapore 228510
Paragon Medical Suites
290 Orchard Road #09-08
Singapore 238859
Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
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