Why is it done?
For severe pain in the ankle usually secondary to
An x-ray of the ankle confirms the degree of
degenerative arthritis within the ankle. Very occasionally an additional
CT scan of the ankle may be required for additional pre-operative
Surgery is performed as an inpatient
(approximately five days) under general anaesthesia or spinal
anaesthesia. The procedure can be performed either using an arthroscope
(keyhole) or open (standard) incision. Your surgeon will advise you of
which procedure would be suitable for you. Either way at the end of
surgery a below knee plaster of Paris backslab is applied. Patients are
initially asked to mobilise, with very little weight going through the
operated leg, using the aid of crutches.