ankle arthroscopy procedure

What is Ankle Arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive ankle surgical procedure. It uses a fiber-optic camera and small surgical tools to treat the ankle joint through small incisions. It’s a widely accepted procedure by most podiatric and foot and ankle surgeons. It’s performed for both the evaluation and treatment of several ankle conditions. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, Arthroscopic surgery can have a quicker recovery time than traditional open surgery.

When is Arthroscopy Recommended?

Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthroscopy offers a minimally invasive way to perform ankle fusion. This is a common treatment for patients with ankle arthritis.

Ankle Fractures

Along with open techniques of fracture repair, this procedure helps to ensure normal alignment of bone and cartilage.

Ankle Pain

Arthroscopy also allows the surgeon to determine whats causing  ankle pain.

Anterior Ankle Impingement

Also known as an athlete’s ankle or footballer’s ankle. This condition occurs when bone or soft tissue at the front of the ankle joint becomes inflamed. Resulting in ankle pain and swelling. The ankle Arthroscopy procedure, however, is used to shave away inflamed tissues and bone spurs.

Arthrofibrosis

Scar tissue forms within the ankle often after surgery. This often results in a painful and stiff joint. Arthroscopy is used to identify and remove scar tissue.

Cartilage injuries

This procedure is also used to diagnose or repair cartilage and bone injuries.

Infection

When there is an infection in the joint, treating with only antibiotics isnt possible. Often it requires urgent surgery to wash out the joint. This is accomplished with ankle arthroscopy.

Ligament Tears

In a few words, a ligament is a band of tissue that connects bone to bone. Several ligaments in the ankle help keep it stable and enable movement. Arthroscopy is often used to repair torn ligaments.

Loose Fragments

Pieces of bone, cartilage and scar tissue inside the ankle are called loose fragments. They can cause the joint to lock up. Loose bodies can also be painful and can cause problems, such as clicking and catching. However, with the use of arthroscopy, these fragments can be removed.

Synovitis

This occurs when synovial tissue (soft tissue of the ankle joint) become inflamed. Thus causing pain and swelling. This occurs by injury, joint overuse, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Ankle arthroscopy can help to surgically remove the inflamed tissue.

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