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.