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Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various ankle conditions. This procedure involves the use of an arthroscope, a thin tube with a camera, to examine and repair the inside of the ankle joint. The procedure is performed through a small incision, reducing the risk of scarring and speeding up recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.

What conditions can ankle arthroscopy treat?

Ankle arthroscopy is commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  1. Arthritis: Inflammation of the ankle joint that causes pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
  2. Cartilage damage: Worn or torn cartilage in the ankle joint that can lead to pain and stiffness.
  3. Ankle impingement: A condition in which bones, ligaments, or other tissues in the ankle become pinched or compressed, causing pain and restricted movement.
  4. Ligament tears: Torn ligaments in the ankle, such as the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), can lead to instability and pain.
  5. Fractures: Fractures of the ankle bones can cause pain, swelling, and instability.

What are the advantages of an ankle arthroscopy over traditional surgery?

3d illustration showing Ankle pain, commonly treated with ankle arthroscopy
Ankle pain is a common symptom that can be treated with an ankle arthroscopy.
  1. Minimally invasive: A small incision is used during the procedure, reducing the risk of scarring and speeding up recovery time.
  2. Improved accuracy: The arthroscope provides a clear view of the inside of the ankle joint, allowing the surgeon to diagnose and treat conditions with greater precision.
  3. Reduced pain: The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia, reducing postoperative pain and the need for pain medication.
  4. Faster recovery: Ankle arthroscopy patients typically experience a quicker recovery time compared to traditional open surgery, allowing them to return to their normal activities sooner.
  5. Better outcomes: The procedure has a high success rate in treating various ankle conditions, leading to improved outcomes and long-term pain relief.

What is the typical recovery time?

The recovery time for ankle arthroscopy varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual's health. Typically, patients can return to light activity within a few days to a week, and gradually return to normal activity over the course of several weeks to a few months. Physical therapy may also be prescribed to help with the rehabilitation process. It's important to follow the postoperative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

What are the potential complications?

Ankle arthroscopy, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. Some of the potential complications include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding or swelling
  • Nerve damage
  • Numbness or tingling in the ankle or foot
  • Persistent pain
  • Scarring

It's important to discuss potential risks and complications with your surgeon before undergoing ankle arthroscopy to ensure you have a clear understanding of what to expect.

Our team of physicians are industry-leading experts in diagnosing and treating all kinds of ankle conditions including severe pain, fractures, and more. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, you can use the form on this page or call (321) 499-4646

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