Arthroscopy has assumed an important place in wrist surgery.

Wrist arthroscopy has steadily grown from a mostly diagnostic tool to a valuable adjunctive procedure in the treatment of myriad wrist disorders.

The number of conditions that are amenable to arthroscopic treatment continues to grow. A detailed knowledge of the topographical and intracarpal anatomy, however, is essential to minimize complications and maximize the benefits.

Although wrist arthroscopy can identify an anatomic abnormality, it cannot be used to differentiate between an asymptomatic degenerative condition versus a pathologic lesion that is the cause of wrist pain.