Ankle Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. The procedure uses a small tube called an arthroscope, which has a light and video camera attached to it. The arthroscope is inserted into the ankle joint to examine and treat joint problems. The images captured by the camera are projected onto a monitor, enabling the surgeon to evaluate any injuries or damage. The surgeon can also make any necessary repairs using arthroscopy during the procedure.
Conditions that Can Be Treated with Ankle Arthroscopy
Ankle arthroscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a surgical technique that involves minimally invasive techniques. It is highly effective in treating a range of ankle disorders, such as impingement, synovitis and osteochondral defects of the talus. Ankle instability, ankle fractures, ankle arthritis, and undiagnosed ankle pain can also be treated using ankle arthroscopy.
Benefits of Ankle Arthroscopy
Compared to open ankle surgery, ankle arthroscopy has several benefits. The incisions made during ankle arthroscopy are much smaller, which results in less soft tissue trauma. Patients who undergo ankle arthroscopy tend to heal faster, experience less pain, and have a lower risk of infection. The procedure also reduces scarring.
The Ankle Arthroscopy Procedure
During ankle arthroscopy, the surgeon creates two or three small incisions around the ankle to insert the arthroscope. To expand the joint and create space for the surgery, the surgeon inflates the joint with saline. The arthroscope captures images of the joint and projects them onto a television monitor. These images help the surgeon identify any damage and determine the necessary surgical treatment if needed. To treat the problem, the surgeon can insert small specialized surgical instruments through the other incisions. Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon removes the tools and closes the incisions.
Post Surgical Care
After the surgery, the patient will be taken to the recovery room, where the ankle is immobilized with a splint or cast. The type of immobilization technique used depends on the type of repair and the surgeon’s preference. To ensure proper healing, it is essential to keep the surgical site clean and dry. Pain medication will be prescribed to manage pain, and it should be taken as needed. Elevating the ankle and applying ice can help reduce pain and swelling. The surgeon will provide post-operative instructions that must be followed to ensure the best possible outcome.
Risks and Complications
Although ankle arthroscopy is considered a safe procedure, there is still a risk of complications. Any surgery carries a certain level of risk. The risks associated with ankle surgery include bleeding, infection, and damage to blood vessels or nerves. However, the incidence of complications with ankle arthroscopy are very low.
Our board certified orthopedic surgeon at Flint Foot and Ankle is an ankle arthroscopic expert. Our surgeon is extensively trained and has a wealth of experience in performing many types of ankle related surgeries. If you are considering treatment for your ankle disorder, please give us a call to schedule your consultation.