Arthroscopy of the ankle is a less invasive surgical technique performed through small incisions that give full access to a joint that can be used to treat joint adhesions, small joint fractures, bone spurring, and soft tissue build-up, which, as a result of repetitive injury, can clog the joint.
Typically, patients are non-weightbearing for 2 weeks to permit the small incisions to fully heal, slowly increasing activities as tolerated for the next 4-6 weeks, until a return to full activities can be accomplished.
The person who may benefit most from undergoing an Ankle Arthroscopy procedure is that individual who has suffered a twisting ankle injury and felt that their ankle has never been 'quite right' since. Prolonged repetitive activity when playing demanding sports like soccer or basketball can cause a gradual build-up of tissue without obvious injury.
Below are intraoperative images of an ankle arthroscopy revealing significant scar tissue and an osteochondral lesion of the talus, both of which were treated during the procedure.
If you have ankle pain and would like to discuss if arthroscopy is right for you, please give us a call for an appointment today! (425) 339-8888, ext 0