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Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various conditions affecting the ankle joint. It involves the use of a small camera called an arthroscope, which is inserted through tiny incisions around the ankle. This allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the joint and perform necessary repairs or interventions.

One of the primary benefits of ankle arthroscopy is its minimally invasive nature, which typically results in less pain, shorter recovery times, and lower risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery. It can be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can often return home the same day as the procedure.

Common conditions treated with ankle arthroscopy include:

    1. Ankle Impingement: This occurs when there is abnormal contact between structures within the ankle joint, leading to pain and limited range of motion. Arthroscopy can be used to remove excess bone or soft tissue causing the impingement.
    2. Synovitis: Inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint can cause pain and swelling. Arthroscopy allows for visualization and removal of inflamed tissue.

he procedure, the surgeon inserts the arthroscope into the ankle joint, allowing them to visualize the structures on a monitor. Additional small incisions may be made to insert surgical instruments for performing repairs or interventions. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed, and the ankle is typically immobilized with a splint or boot.

Recovery from ankle arthroscopy varies depending on the specific procedure performed and the individual patient. However, most patients can expect to gradually return to normal activities within a few weeks to a few months following surgery. Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength, flexibility, and function to the ankle joint.

While ankle arthroscopy offers many benefits, it is not suitable for all ankle conditions. Your orthopedic surgeon will evaluate your specific condition and medical history to determine if ankle arthroscopy is the right treatment option for you.

Osteochondral Lesions: These are defects involving both the cartilage and underlying bone within the ankle joint. Arthroscopy can be used to remove loose fragments or stimulate healing of the lesion.

Cartilage Damage: Arthroscopy enables the surgeon to assess and treat cartilage injuries within the ankle joint, such as defects or tears.<

Ligament Tears: Certain ligament injuries, such as those to the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) or posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL), can be repaired or reconstructed using arthroscopic techniques.