Ankle Arthroscopy

Based in the heart of NY, Advance Foot and Ankle Solutions offers the best facility for performing ankle arthroscopy, while catering to all other various foot and ankle problems. Look no further when you can have direct access to the globally acclaimed specialist team of foot and ankle surgeons, supervising & managing your ankle arthroscopy with diligence and dedication. 

Advance Foot and Ankle Solutions support team is absolutely attentive to your requirements related to ankle arthroscopy. Call & book an appointment right away for professionally diagnosed, treated and empathetically cured foot and ankle issues, to lead a wholesome, enviable lifestyle.

Elucidated By Your Orthopedic Doctor

Arthroscopy is defined as an orthopedic surgical procedure designed to visualize, diagnose and treat maladies within a joint. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in medical practice.

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to treat problems in the ankle joint. This process employs a thin fiber-optic camera (arthroscope) that can magnify and transmit images of the ankle to a video screen.

Its Contraindications

Contraindications for ankle arthroscopy include the following:

  • Active Local Soft-Tissue Infection Like Cellulitis & Dermatitis
  • Severe Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Poor Vascularity In The Leg
  • Acute & Chronic Open Wounds
  • Severe Edema
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Its Indications & Usage

The various conditions that can be treated by your specialist via carrying out several types of arthroscopic surgical procedures can be enlisted as follows:

  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Posttraumatic Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posttraumatic Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Joint Infections
  • Inflamed Joint Linings
  • Articular Injury
  • Ligament Tears & Cartilage Injuries
  • Scar Tissue
  • Arthrofibrosis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthroscopic-Assisted Ankle Fractures Fixation
  • Synovitis
  • Loose Bodies/Bone Fragments
  • Intra-Articular Bands
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteophytes
  • Osteochondral Defects
  • Arthrodesis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Tibiotalar Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Idiopathic Ankle Symptoms

Pre-Operative Preparations

  • Fasting For At Least 10 Hours Beforehand
  • Certain Medications To Be Avoided
  • Selection Of Loose, Comfortable Clothing
  • Driving Back On Your Own Would Be Prohibited

The following pre-procedural evaluation needs to be carried out by your podiatric specialist at his clinic prior to beginning with the arthroscopic process:

  • Clinical Findings
  • Laboratory Studies
  • Radiography
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Joint Aspiration

The following types of anesthesia may be employed by your surgeon at his clinic depending upon the gravity of procedure:

  • Local Anesthesia
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • General Anesthesia

The General Procedure

During the process,

  • the leg is thoroughly cleaned and a tourniquet applied to it
  • the arthroscopic surgeon makes a narrow, slit-like incision
  • sterile fluid flows into the joint to expand it and allow better visualization
  • a thin, hair-like tube attached to which are a fiber-optic HD video camera with a minute light source is inserted
  • the internal view is transmitted live to a HD display source for a detailed view
  • a narrow and small incision becomes affordable
  • the techniques applied can even be utilized to repair some types of joint damage via inserting some additional pencil-thin surgical instruments within other incisions made at required locations
  • sutures are placed to close the incisions and a sterile dressing placed over them

Postoperative Care

  • Ankle Elevation Above The Heart Level to reduce swelling & pain
  • Comfort & Protection through temporary splints or crutches
  • Rest, Ice & Compression to be applied to reduce pain and swelling
  • Physiotherapy & Exercises for muscle and joint strengthening
  • Keeping The Dressing Dry & Clean to prevent infection
  • Using Walker Or Crutches to avoid impact while walking
  • Keeping Weight Off your operated foot for swift healing
  • Wearing Orthotics like a boot or splint to keep the healing ankle stable
  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications imparting relief against pain and inflammation

The Comparative Advantages

Ankle Arthroscopy makes use of small cuts in the skin. Compared to open surgery, you may experience:

  • Precise, Simple & Effective
  • Swift Procedure With Rapid Recovery
  • Can Be Performed As An Outpatient Due To Its Minimally Invasive Nature
  • Lesser Pain And Stiffness
  • Fewer Complications
  • Lower Infection Rates
  • Lesser Bleeding & Wound Breakdown
  • Minimal Scarring
  • Resumption Of Normal Activities Much Sooner
  • Used Where All Imaging Techniques Fall Short Of Complete Diagnosis
  • Utilized To Study The Joints In The Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hip & Ankle

Complications & Risks Involved

Although occurrence of risks is a rare phenomenon, several forms of complications can be stated:

  • Infection & Damage To Joint Cartilage From Arthroscopy Instruments
  • Internal Tissue Damage
  • Formation Of Minor Blood Clots
  • DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Wound Redness, Swelling, Warmth Or Drainage
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Fevers, Or Chills
  • Allergic Reactions To Medicines
  • Breathing Problems
  • Failure Of Surgery To Relieve Symptoms
  • Failure Of Repair To Heal
  • Weakness Of The Ankle
  • Injury To Tendon, Blood Vessel, Or Nerve
  • Numbness Or Tingling At The Top Of The Foot