I am by no means a medical professional, but I have to say that the solution you're advocating seems rather extreme given the situation presented by HR. Shouldn't invasive surgery be one of the last things one considers?
I've had wrist problems on and off for a few years too, but nothing major. HR, at the risk of underdiagnosing (and remember, I've got no standing to say this save personal experience) I'd start with the ice pack/aspirin/wrist-brace/rubdown four-pack before I'd start considering going under the knife.
Also, HR, you might want to examine your technique and setups as well. Are you reaching further out for anything you use repeatedly? Is there a way to bring it in closer or easier?
Just thought I'd present a counter-opinion.