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Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy: a minimally invasive option for patients.

Wouldn't you like to return home the same day as your surgery? Ankle arthroscopy at our Atlanta outpatient surgery center may be the solution!

Our foot and ankle fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will first exhaust all conservative treatment options such as physical therapy before recommending this minimally invasive technique. During surgery, a tiny camera will be inserted called an arthroscope and other miniature surgical instruments into your joint through a small incision in your skin. The surgeon will be able to treat your condition using images from the inserted camera. Compared to wider incisions used in traditional surgeries, Arthroscopy allows patients to feel less pain and recover quicker, often returning home within 1-2 hours after your visit.

Major benefits include:

  • Scaring is reduced
  • Reduced healing time
  • Shorter rehabilitation process
  • Decreased risk of infection

Conditions Treated with Arthroscopy

The following conditions are commonly treated at Thrive:

  • End-stage ankle arthritis - Often treated through ankle fusion
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Impingement - When soft tissue or bone at the front of the joint becomes inflamed.
  • Arthrofibrosis (scar tissue)
  • Synovitis - The soft tissue lining the joint is called the synovial tissue and may become inflamed resulting in swelling and discomfort.
  • Loose cartilage, bone, and scar tissue
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteochondral defect (OCD) - Damaged bone or cartilage in the joint.
  • Sports injuries

Surgery Day - What to Expect?

Your orthopedic surgeon will mark the leg to be operated on before surgery. Once in the operating room, your leg will be rested in a device to prevent movement, sterilized, and anesthesia will be administered.

A minimum of 2 small incisions will be made in your joint which will serve as the entry points for the arthroscopic camera and medical instruments. To make it easier for the surgeon to see in your joint, fluid will be injected which enlarges the joint. The medical instruments may include a combination of motorized and hand-operated devices to treat your condition. Once complete the incisions will be closed with sutures and a boot or splint may be used to prevent movement.

The Recovery Process

Swelling and pain can be expected in the days following. Often, pain medication and elevating your leg can help keep you comfortable. Physical therapy will be key to your recovery, allowing you to regain your motion through exercises and stretching. Sutures will be removed within 1-2 weeks and you may need to wait several months before putting weight on your operated leg, but this depends greatly on the condition treated.

Our team is committed to providing you with the same level of care he would provide to our own family. If you are interested in diagnosing your condition or would like to learn more about the benefits of Atlanta ankle arthroscopic surgery, contact us today.

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