Ankle arthroscopy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to accurately diagnose conditions and injuries of the ankle.
What is an Ankle Arthroscopy?
When you are experiencing pain of any kind, getting an accurate diagnosis is an essential first step to take before moving forward with treatment. An ankle arthroscopy can help provide a full and accurate diagnosis of your ankle condition or injury. This minimally invasive surgery can also provide treatment for many conditions. Ankle arthroscopy surgery involves inserting an arthroscope (a small camera) into the patient’s ankle in order to get a full view of the ankle cartilage and joint surfaces. This gives the surgeon a complete view of the inside of your ankle that can inform treatment strategies.
During the procedure you will be given a nerve block, as well as heavy sedation. The surgeon will make two tiny incisions (less than 1/4 inch each) on the front of the ankle. The arthroscope is then inserted through one of these incisions. Other surgical tools are inserted through the other incision as necessary to repair any damaged structures. The wounds are closed with stitches at the end of the procedure.
Post-operative instructions will be provided to you after your procedure. Make sure you follow these post-op recommendations to the letter. These instructions are tailored specifically to your situation and are intended to speed up your recovery as much as possible.
Knoxville Ankle Surgeon
If you have sustained an injury to your ankle, or have a degenerative condition causing ankle pain, an ankle arthroscopy can help provide an accurate diagnosis and potentially treatment of your condition. Dr. Chad Ferguson is an expert ankle surgeon serving Knoxville and the surrounding areas.