Despite the current sterile techniques used for all procedures, infections are always a possibility following wrist surgery. The treatment options will vary depending on the location of the infection. Infections include very minor ones that are only treated with antibiotics. Major infections are more infrequent and oftentimes require IV antibiotics, a repeat of the surgery and removal of the hardware. In extreme cases, the infection could result in the amputation of the affected area.
If an infection does develop your doctor will discuss the treatment options and expected outcomes with you.