Ankle arthroscopy is performed under general anaesthetic and many procedures are performed as a daycase. During the surgery, a thin telescope (arthroscope) is inserted into the ankle joint, this allows the surgeon to see the inside of the joint and to operate on the soft tissues of the ankle and to remove bony spurs.
Following the procedure, patients will have a padded bandage in place. Prior to going home, patients will be seen by a physiotherapist who will provide advice regarding ankle exercises and how much weight bearing is allowed.
Patients can return to work when they are confident when the patient is comfortable enough to withstand the stress of the job. If office based, this should be within seven days. If the role is active, return to work may not be for two to three weeks. Driving can usually commence approximately seven days following surgery or as comfort allows.