What is ankle arthroscopy?
Ankle arthroscopy is surgery that utilizes a tiny camera (referred to as an arthroscope) to examine and then repair the tissues in the ankle area. The procedure allows the surgeon to identify any issues and make repairs to your ankle without making larger, unnecessary cuts, resulting in less pain and quicker recovery times.
Arthroscopy may be recommended for these ankle problems:
- Ankle pain - Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to explore what is troubling your ankle.
- Ligament tears - A ligament is a band of tissue responsible for connecting bones to other bones. Several ligaments in the ankle help keep it stable and provide movement. Arthroscopies can help repair torn ligaments.
- Ankle impingement - Tissues in your ankle can become swollen and sore from overuse, making it hard to move the joint. Arthroscopy can remove the tissue so you can move your joint.
- Scar tissue - Formed after an injury to the ankle, scar tissue can be removed or cleaned through arthroscopies.
- Arthritis - Arthroscopy can be used to help reduce pain and improve movement.
- Cartilage injuries – Arthroscopies can be utilized to diagnose or repair cartilage and bone injuries.
- Loose fragments - These are pieces of bone or cartilage inside the ankle that can cause the joint to lock up. During arthroscopy these fragments can be removed.
Recovery times are dependent on the kind of surgery performed. Usually, you won’t regain the ability to walk on the leg for several months, and additional physical therapy is necessary for full rehabilitation. Sutures can be removed one to two weeks after the procedure, as mandated by your doctor.