Other common names
Why is it done?
If your surgeon thinks you have a problem inside
your ankle joint, they may wish to look inside under direct vision with
a camera. Reasons for wishing to do this include diagnosing cartilage
injuries and arthritis. Treatments used with the arthroscope include
trimming or repairing torn cartilage, removing scar tissue, removing
loose bodies, removing inflamed lining of the joint and removing
arthritic bone overgrowth.
MRI scan can show problems inside the ankle joint
and occasionally is used as an alternative additional investigation.
The surgery is a day case procedure, but does
require a general anaesthetic.
A tourniquet is placed around the upper thigh.
Usually two small incisions are made at the front of the ankle,
occasionally an additional incision is made at the back. After the
arthroscopy the skin is sutured and bulky dressing is applied. After
surgery patients are allowed to weight bear immediately with the
protection of crutches.