An ankle arthroscopy is a procedure that involves making two or three small puncture wounds usually in front of the ankle. A small arthroscope (three to five millimetres in diameter) is inserted into the ankle allowing the surgeon to see and operate inside the ankle joint.
A number of different soft tissue and bony conditions can be treated arthroscopically, for example, the removal of bony spurs, loose bone fragments or shaving of soft tissue inflammation (synovitis). Success and recovery rates vary depending upon the specific condition being treated and will be discussed with you prior to surgery.
Ankle arthroscopy is usually carried out under general anaesthesia, either as a day case or in some instances as an overnight stay in hospital.
Ankle arthroscopy aims to reduce pain/discomfort and improve function, for example, walking and sports.
Read more about ankle arthroscopy:
A patient’s guide to ankle arthroscopy
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