Ankle arthroscopy is a technique in which the ankle can be examined through a small ‘keyhole’ incision using a video camera. A second small incision is made to pass instruments. Generally the two incisions are made at the front of the ankle, but occasionally will be done from the back.
The procedure is recommended to treat problems inside the ankle. This may be to remove extra or loose bone, to clean out inflamed tissue or to treat cartilage damage. Occasionally the procedure is used to assess the ankle so that further surgery can be planned.
Most commonly you will be asleep, under general anaesthetic, though occasionally the anaesthetist will use a spinal anaesthetic. If you are medically fit then the procedure will be performed as a day case. Local anaesthetic is generally injected around the ankle when you are asleep to help relieve pain afterwards.
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