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Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure during which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and treatment of problems inside the joint. Ankle Arthroscopy includes the diagnosis and treatment of ankle conditions. In arthroscopic examination, a small incision is made in the patient's skin through which pencil-sized instruments that have a small lens and lighting system (arthroscope) are passed. Arthroscope magnifies and illuminates the structures of the joint with the light that is transmitted through fiber optics. It is attached to a television camera and the interior of the joint is seen on the television monitor.

Arthroscopic examination of ankle joint is helpful in diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Inflammation: Synovitis, the inflammation of the lining of the ankle joint
  • Acute or chronic injury
  • Osteoarthritis: A type of arthritis caused by cartilage loss in a joint

During arthroscopic ankle surgery, either a general or local anesthesia will be given depending on the condition. A small incision of the size of a buttonhole is made through which the arthroscope is inserted. Other accessory incisions will be made through which specially designed instruments are inserted. After the procedure is completed arthroscope is removed and incisions are closed. You may be instructed about the incision care, activities to be avoided and exercises to be performed for faster recovery.

Some of the conditions treated by ankle arthroscopy include:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Toe deformities

Some of the possible complications after arthroscopy include infection, phlebitis (clotting of blood in vein), excessive swelling, bleeding, blood vessel or nerve damage and instrument breakage.

Recovery

It may take several weeks for the puncture wounds to heal and the joint to recover completely. A rehabilitation program may be advised for a speedy recovery of normal joint function. Your child can resume normal activities and go back to school within a few days.

Locations & Directions
Douglas Clinic - Thunder Basin Orthopaedics-Sports MedicineDouglas Clinic
808 Riverbend Drive
Douglas, WY 82633
Tel: (307) 358-6200
Gillette linic - Thunder Basin Orthopaedics-Sports MedicineGillette Clinic
2901 Powder Basin Ave
Gillette, WY 82718
Tel: (307) 682-6222
Casper Clinic - Thunder Basin Orthopaedics-Sports MedicineCasper Clinic
6600 E. 2nd Street
Casper, WY 82609
Tel: (307) 358-6200
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