Ankle arthroscopy: A quick guide

Written by: Mr Raheel Shariff
Edited by: Conor Dunworth

In his latest online article, renowned consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Raheel Shariff explains what an ankle arthroscopy is, when it is recommended and what the benefits are.


What is ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various ankle joint conditions. It involves inserting a tiny camera and specialized instruments through small incisions to view, repair, or remove damaged tissues.


When is ankle arthroscopy recommended?

Ankle arthroscopy is typically recommended for patients with persistent ankle pain, swelling, or instability that hasn't improved with conservative treatments. It can address issues such as ligament injuries, cartilage damage, bone spurs, and loose bodies within the joint.


What are the benefits of ankle arthroscopy?

Compared to traditional open surgery, ankle arthroscopy offers several advantages, including smaller incisions, reduced scarring, faster recovery times, and less postoperative pain. It allows for a detailed examination of the joint's interior without the need for major surgery.


What's the recovery like?

Recovery from ankle arthroscopy is typically quicker than open surgery. Patients may need to use crutches for a short period and undergo physical therapy. Most can return to normal activities within a few weeks, though this varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors.


Is ankle arthroscopy safe?

Ankle arthroscopy is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced orthopaedic surgeon. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. Patients should discuss these with their surgeon  before undergoing the surgery.



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By Mr Raheel Shariff
Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Raheel Shariff is a leading consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Manchester who has a dedicated special interest in disorders affecting the foot and ankle. He is highly experienced in ankle replacements, revision ankle replacement, correction of flat feet and high arched feet deformities, arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries.

Mr Shariff completed his basic and higher surgical training at Merseyside and successfully became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2012. He has undertaken a foot and ankle fellowship at the Institute of Foot and Ankle Reconstruction, Mercy Medical Centre, Baltimore USA and a limb reconstruction fellowship at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Mr Shariff has published his research widely in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his work at meetings both nationally and internationally. He is regularly invited as a contributing author for the Foot and Ankle Clinics of North America and he is a faculty member on courses for speciality orthopaedic trainees.

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