Surgical procedure that uses a fiber-optic viewing camera and small surgical tools to operate in and around the ankle joint through small incisions. This procedure is performed for the surgical evaluation and treatment of a variety of ankle conditions.
The surgeon will insert the arthroscope into the ankle through a small incision. The scope will be connected to a video monitor in the operating room, which will allow the surgeon to view the inside of the patient’s ankle.
The doctor will inspect all the tissues of the ankle, and will repair any damaged tissues. To do this, it will be necessary to make 1 to 3 more small incisions. At the end of the surgery, the incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a bandage.
How fast you recover from ankle arthroscopy depends on what type of surgery was done inside your ankle. It’s necessary to follow the surgeon's instructions about how much weight to place on your foot while standing or walking. The patient needs to avoid doing too much, too quickly; and depending on the patient’s condition, it may be necessary to begin physical therapy.