What is Ankle Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery of the ankle (or ankle scope) is a minimally invasive surgical technique which allows the surgeon to access, explore, and operate on the ankle joint through very small incisions. The use of an arthroscope (a small instrument containing a lens and fiber optic lighting system) connected to a camera allows the surgeon to see a magnified and enhanced view of the interior of the joint on a television screen, often negating the need for a larger incision (open surgery).
What Ankle Conditions Can Be Treated Arthroscopically?
Ankle arthroscopy can be used to determine the cause of ankle pain (diagnostic arthroscopy), but many ankle conditions and injuries can also be treated arthroscopically, including:
- Loose Bodies in the Ankle
- Ankle Fractures
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Ankle Instability
- Osteochondral Lesions (OCL)
- Ankle Impingement
- Bone Spurs
- Ankle Infections
Please note: arthroscopic surgery can also be used in combination with open surgery for some procedures.