Ankle Arthroscopy Procedure & Recovery

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis, and allows for an extensive evaluation of the entire ankle joint as well as treatment of many of the most common problems of the ankle joint. These conditions and treatments include, among others, osteochondral lesions (cartilage chip fractures) and soft tissue scarring of the ankle in addition to the removal of loose bodies and fragments, and ankle arthrodesis (fusion of the ankle joint).

Minimally Invasive Ankle Arthroscopy Surgery

Because ankle arthroscopy is minimally invasive, it is usually associated with minimal pain, and can lead to a quicker recovery than may be associated with open procedures. Usually two incisions that measure 5 mm in length (approximately 1/5″) are necessary along the front of the ankle joint and if further evaluation of the back of the ankle joint is required, a third 5 mm incision is placed in the back outside part of the ankle. These poke hole incisions allow for the placement of a camera to view the joint, and for instruments to treat the ankle joint abnormalities, as well as for access to the abnormalities, while avoiding damage to the normal structures of the ankle.

Ankle Arthroscopy Recovery Time

Typically performed under a regional anesthetic, with the leg numbed, together with a twilight anesthesia, the length of recovery depends on the type of abnormality being treated. Most patients can immediately walk on the ankle after surgery, while more complex cases may require a period of non-weight-bearing to allow the bone or condition being treated to heal appropriately. The pain associated with this type of procedure is generally minimal and allows patients to return to activity and work relatively quickly.

Ankle Arthroscopy Specialist in Chicagoland

Dr. Vora is currently performing studies evaluating the outcomes after many arthroscopically treated conditions of the ankle.