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Ankle arthroscopy is a surgical procedure allowing consultants to treat ankle problems.

When is ankle arthroscopy needed?

Ankle arthroscopy is a surgical procedure allowing consultants to treat ankle problems. A small camera is inserted into the ankle joint, displaying an image on a television screen. The consultant uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments to correct and repair the damage.

There are different types of ankle surgery and arthroscopy is applied in a variety of different ways to treat foot and ankle conditions. It can be used to diagnose problems by providing the surgeon with a clear image of all the joints and structures inside the foot and ankle.

Ankle arthroscopy may be used to perform the following:

Arthritic joint debridement

Osteoarthritis and injury can result in excessive scar tissue and diseased cartilage forming in the joint. Arthroscopy removes the diseased parts of the joint, along with any bone spurs or loose fragments of bone.

Arthroscopy following an injury

Chronic ankle symptoms can arise following a sprain or injury. The ligaments can be torn and the cartilage can be damaged. This damage can be treated by arthroscopy.

Footballer’s ankle

A common problem for people involved in kicking sports – a large spur of bone at the front of the ankle can be painful when the foot is extended. The spur can be removed by arthroscopy.


  • Swelling or tenderness in the ankle
  • Pain in the ankle

Ankle arthroscopy cost

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation. Spire Healthcare can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

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Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.


Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for ankle arthroscopy

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Ankle arthroscopy procedure

Ankle arthroscopy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and the procedure can take between 30-45 minutes depending on the case and the severity of the ankle problem.

Several tiny incisions are made in the ankle, allowing a tiny camera to be inserted through one of the incisions and small surgical instruments to be inserted through the others.

The camera will project an image of the inside of the ankle joint on a screen and the surgeon will be able to examine the problems in the area and treat them accordingly.

Any damaged or diseased cartilage or bone spurs will be removed and repaired.

Following the procedure the incisions may be closed with stitches or steri-strips and the ankle may be bandaged.

Ankle arthroscopy aftercare and recovery time

The expected length of stay for an ankle arthroscopy is a day case.

After surgical treatment the patient will be encouraged to walk on the foot from the day of surgery. However, crutches may be needed to assist with walking in the initial days after surgery.

The wounds must be kept dry until the stitches are removed.

An exercise programme involving physiotherapy will be drawn up and it is to be started straight away. The patient should be able to return to work within a week following surgery. A full return to sport will usually be expected after six weeks following treatment.

Some swelling in the ankle may be apparent post treatment but this should settle down over the first few weeks.

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After an ankle replacement, typically our consultants will want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing.

If you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help.

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Spire Hartswood Hospital is based in quiet and peaceful grounds, just two miles from the M25 motorway and easily accessible from other major roads like the M11, A12 and A13. It is 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London.

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How to get here

From Brentwood town centre

At the traffic light junction of Weald Road and Kings Road, turn into Kings Road. Go straight across the first mini roundabout and continue down the hill (bearing right) at the second mini-roundabout. You will go past Brentwood railway station on the left. Continue up Warley Hill, past the petrol station and straight across two mini-roundabouts. At the next traffic lights turn left into Eagle Way. The hospital entrance is 100 yards along on the right hand side.

From A12/M25 junction 28

Leave the A12 at the junction with the M25, or leave the M25 motorway at junction 28 and take the A1023 to Brentwood. The Holiday Inn will be on your left. Go straight across the first set of traffic lights. Turn right at the second set of lights into Mascalls Lane. At the end of Mascalls Lane, go straight across at the lights into Eagle Way. The hospital entrance is 100 yards along on the right hand side.

From A127/M25 junction 29

Leave the A127 at the junction with the B186, signposted Brentwood. Stay on the B186 for one and a half miles to traffic lights. Turn right into Eagle Way. The hospital entrance is 100 yards along on the right hand side. From A127/M25 junction 29 Leave the A127 at the junction with the B186, signposted Brentwood. Stay on the B186 for one and a half miles to traffic lights. Turn right into Eagle Way. The hospital entrance is 100 yards along on the right hand side.

The nearest train stations are Brentwood (10 minutes taxi ride from the hospital) and Shenfield (15 minutes taxi ride). Both stations have taxi ranks. Trains to Brentwood leave London Liverpool Street approximately every 15 minutes and the journey time is 35 minutes. Trains to Shenfield are also frequent and take around 20 minutes. Shenfield is also served by trains from Colchester and Southend. The nearest tube station is Upminster. A taxi from Upminster station to the hospital takes about 20 minutes. If you need further help to find the hospital, call us on 01277 232 525.


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Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.