Ankle arthroscopy OverviewAnkle arthroscopy offers hope for anyone who having experienced an ankle injury and wants to get back to sport and their regular lifestyle as soon as possible. Not only that, scarring is also kept to a minimum, and being less invasive, there is minimal soft tissue trauma. Ankle arthroscopic surgery may not always be the correct treatment for all ankle conditions, and orthopedic surgeon should be advised on the procedure and if it is suitable for you.
The benefits of arthroscopic surgery of the ankle are the quick recovery rates, less pain and quicker mobilization of the ankle and the fact that the surgery is performed as a day-surgery procedure.
The ankle is made up of two joints - the subtalar and the true ankle joint.
The ankle joint is assembled of three bones - the tibia, the fibula and the talus, which are held together at the ankle joint by ligaments. The ankle can often be sprained with sport injuries or even simple walking, particularly when the ankle is in a perilous position in high-heeled shoes.
Ankle Arthroscopy Useful for Many Ankle AilmentsSpraining occurs when the ligament, tendons or the muscles are stretched beyond what is normal, which results in torn cartilage. The tendons may become inflamed, fluid collects around the affected area, and this can lead to immobility of the ankle.
Most ankle injuries heal on their own without medical intervention, but sometimes even after physical therapy, it may be necessary to evaluate the extent of the damage. Ankle arthroscopy is particularly useful with certain ankle ailments. Some of these are ankle arthritis, ankle pain, loose bodies within the ankle, lateral ligament reconstruction, footballers' ankle, diseases of the synovium and osteochondral defects of the talus.
If you have had an ankle injury and the pain and swelling in your ankle refuses to start subsiding after a few days your doctor may suggest an ankle arthroscopy.
An Internal Examination of Your AnkleAn ankle arthroscopy is mostly performed under general anesthetic. A strap is placed around the ankle and connected to a bar, allowing the ankle to be stretched in order to allow a space with sufficient dimensions to operate. The surgeon infuses sterile fluid into the ankle joint to avoid damage to the joint surfaces.
Known as minimally invasive ankle surgery, ankle arthroscopy is when two tiny incisions are made, and these are where the instruments and the arthroscopic camera will go in so that the surgeon can get a good look at what is going on inside the foot. The other incision is for the cannula - a tube which is inserted for the removal of the fluid buildup. Once surgery is complete, the patient is given medication to relieve the pain, and a physiotherapist will start mobilizing you, allowing you to put weigh on the ankle if you are able to.