An arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) allows your surgeon to see inside your ankle using a camera inserted through small cuts on your skin. Your surgeon can diagnose problems such as damage to the joint surface or ligaments, and arthritis.
The aim is to confirm exactly what the problem is and for many people the problem can be treated at the same time.
Problems inside your ankle can often be diagnosed using a magnetic scan (MRI scan) but you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.
Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.
Your surgeon will insert a camera through small cuts around your ankle (see figure 1). They will wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces and remove any spurs of bone or swelling of the lining of your ankle joint.
If you have torn your ankle ligaments, you may need a reconstruction operation.
You should be able to go home the same day.
It is common for your ankle to be a little swollen for a few weeks. Walking can be uncomfortable.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Most people make a good recovery and can return to normal activities.
Author: Mr Stephen Milner DM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
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