Mayo Clinic specialists start with the least-invasive treatments possible:
Mayo Clinic specialists usually recommend minimally invasive (arthroscopic) surgery if:
Arthroscopic surgery is done through several small incisions instead of one large one.
More extensive surgery may be needed if you have an older ligament or tendon injury. Injured tissue stiffens and deteriorates over time. It usually can't be repaired and must be replaced. The options include substituting a tendon for a ligament or rebuilding the joint.
After surgery your wrist and forearm will be in a cast for about six weeks. Mayo Clinic specialists will show you exercises to increase your wrist's range of motion. You may need occupational therapy. You can expect your wrist to recover its full strength within a few months.