Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
Arthroscopic ankle surgery is used to diagnose and treat a number of ankle joint conditions.
With the arthroscopic approach, small incisions are made that allow the doctor to insert a high-powered fiber optic camera and surgical instruments into the ankle area. As the doctor watches a monitor linked to the camera, he or she can address the specific needs inside the ankle joint.
Arthroscopic surgery can treat conditions like acute ankle sprains and repetitive ankle injuries caused by chronic instability, vascular problems, genetic predisposition, degeneration, and metabolic abnormalities; anterior ankle impingement (also known as “athlete’s ankle” or “footballer’s ankle”); anterolateral ankle impingement; posterior ankle impingement; synovitis; loose bodies; arthrofibrosis; infection; ankle fractures; and unexplained ankle symptoms.
Advantages of ankle arthroscopy include minimal scarring, reduced pain and bleeding, and lower chance of infection than open surgery.Previous Page Last Review Date: December 19, 2017