What is a Subtalar Arthroscopy?
Subtlalar arthroscopy (arthroscopy of the joint under the ankle joint) is a procedure which allows for an extensive evaluation of the subtalar joint and can be utilized for the treatment of many of the most common problems of this joint. Conditions include osteochondral lesions of the subtalar joint (cartilage chip fractures of the ankle); soft tissue scarring of the joint; subtalar arthrodesis (fusion of the subtalar joint). The procedure also allows the evaluation of the joint to ensure appropriate alignment in addition to the treatment of fractures of the foot, such as a calcaneus or heel fracture, and the removal of loose bodies and fragments.
Subtalar Arthroscopy Procedure
Subtlalar arthroscopy is minimally invasive, can be performed on an outpatient basis, is usually associated with minimal pain, and can lead to quicker recovery than may be the case with open procedures. Two poke hole incisions (approximately 5mm or 1/5″ in length) are made along the side of the foot to allow for the placement of the camera to view the joint, as well as the instruments to treat the subtalar joint abnormalities. The incisions give appropriate exposure and access to the abnormalities, avoiding damage to the normal structures of the joint.
Subtalar Arthroscopy Recovery
Performed under a regional anesthetic, which numbs the leg, together with twilight anesthesia, the associated recovery period is dependent upon the type of abnormality being treated but generally immediate weight bearing is allowed.
Subtalar Arthroscopy in Chicagoland
Dr. Vora has extensive experience with subtalar arthroscopies and is known for his specialization in foot and ankle treatments. If you’re in need of a subtalar arthroscopy, please call 847-247-4000 or fill out our contact form to the right