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An arthroscopy is a less intrusive form of surgery that allows your surgeon to look inside your ankle through a small cut, using a miniature camera. This allows them to quickly diagnose problems such as arthritis, damage to the joint surface or damage to the ligaments, and they may be able to treat the problem at the same time.
During the operation, which uses one of a variety of anaesthetic techniques and usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes, your surgeon will insert a small camera into your ankle area through a number of small incisions. They will then remove any loose fragments of bone or tissue caused by wear to the joint surfaces. Swelling can also be removed from the lining of the ankle joint. If your ankle ligaments are torn, a reconstruction operation may be required.
You’ll normally be able to go home on the same day as the operation, although your ankle will be slightly swollen for a couple of weeks. It may also be uncomfortable at first, especially whilst walking. Daily, gentle exercise will help your recovery, but do check with your doctor. Most people are quickly able to return to their normal activities.
This page offers information regarding an arthroscopy of the ankle. Further information can be supplied by your consultant.
EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.