Ankle arthroscopy is a procedure in which your orthopaedic surgeon will make 2 or 3 punctures into the front of the ankle. Thereafter an arthroscope (thin fibre-optic camera) is inserted which allows your surgeon to view and operate inside the ankle joint.
Why Would They Be Done?
Arthroscopies are used to investigate the ankle prior to surgery, or are used in conjunction with surgery. Operations that can be done arthroscopically include the removal of bony spurs, loose bone fragments from fractures or the shaving of inflamed soft tissue (synovitis). Otherwise, an ankle arthroscopy is done to confirm the diagnosis of a number of ankle issues such as ankle arthritis, fractures, Osteochondral defect (OCD), arthrofibrosis and others. Once diagnosed, potential surgery can be done using this minimally invasive technique in the same procedure.
For more information on what to expect after surgery, please click the link for a detailed patient guide on this surgery.