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Ankle Arthroscopy



Arthroscopy of the ankle is surgery undertaken by an orthopaedic surgeon, which allows for diagnosis and treatment of problems within the ankle joint. It is often referred to as a “key hole” surgery. Small incisions around the ankle joint allow the surgeon to use an arthroscope connected to a camera, which allows visualization of the structures within the ankle joint. Small incisions mean a faster recovery after surgery and often this sort of surgery can be performed as day surgery.

Arthroscopy can only be undertaken after your surgeon has conducted a thorough history and examination of your ankle, often supplemented by further investigations such as X-rays or MRI scans. Following this a decision will be made whether to proceed to surgery. Surgery can be undertaken for either further diagnosis of an ankle problem or treatment of this problem. Arthroscopy not only allows faster recovery from surgery, but also better visualisation of the joint than can often be seen even with a large incision.

Common problems within the ankle joint which can be dealt with by arthroscopy include:

What Are The Advantages of Ankle Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is generally a safe procedure that can often be performed as a day surgery procedure. Arthroscopy lessens the discomfort and risks associated with procedures performed through large incisions. It allows for a quicker return to work and sporting activities. Most patients will return to work or school within 2 weeks of their surgery. It will take at least 6 weeks to return to sports.

What are the risks?

Complications from arthroscopy are uncommon. These include infection, swelling of the ankle/bleeding within the ankle, only minor improvement of symptoms, damage to blood vessels or nerves.


Article by, 

Dr. Gopinath Mathavan, 

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon 


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