Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your physician utilizes a thin, fiber-optic camera, known as an arthroscope, to magnify the interior of your ankle and transmit images to a video screen. This innovative approach is aimed at reducing ankle pain and enhancing overall ankle function. Arthroscopy offers numerous advantages, including fewer postoperative issues such as pain and infections due to the smaller incisions made during the procedure. Additionally, its minimally invasive nature allows for outpatient treatment, facilitating quicker recovery for many patients.

This procedure is employed for various ankle injuries and conditions, with its applications continually expanding. Ankle impingement, characterized by inflamed bone or soft tissues, can be effectively addressed through arthroscopy by removing the inflamed areas. Patients with ankle arthritis may benefit from ankle fusion completed via arthroscopy. Moreover, arthroscopy aids in diagnosing cartilage injuries and ensuring precise alignment of bone and cartilage during fracture repair surgeries. In cases of joint space infections or ligamentous instability, arthroscopic surgery enables swift joint washing or ligament repair, respectively.

The Broström procedure, performed arthroscopically, is particularly effective in restoring ankle stability by repairing lateral ligaments. Additionally, arthroscopy proves invaluable in addressing synovitis, inflammation of the ankle joint lining, and diagnosing unknown conditions when other diagnostic methods yield inconclusive results.

During the procedure, two small incisions are made to accommodate the arthroscope and instruments, with sterile fluid injected into the joint to expand it for improved visualization. Following the procedure, sutures close the incisions, and patients may wear a special boot for a specified duration. While some postoperative swelling and discomfort are common, they are significantly reduced compared to traditional surgical techniques. Patients may gradually resume normal activities, although high-level sports may require a longer recovery period. Physical therapy may also be recommended to restore ankle range of motion and strength, ensuring a comprehensive recovery process.