Ankle arthroscopy allows the assessment and repair of ankle joint problems through two or three very small incisions. Small camera and instrumentation is used to enter the joint, the joint is then inspected, and surgical instruments are inserted to perform additional procedures within the joint. Unlike traditional joint surgery that requires large incisions to expose the joint, arthroscopy uses small openings to examine the joint. By eliminating the need for large incisions, arthroscopy reduces the risk of infection and swelling. Arthroscopy is often a "same day" procedure allowing the patient to return home after surgery.
Conditions that can be treated arthroscopically often include Chronic Ankle Pain, Arthritis, Ankle Instability, Cartilage Fractures, Chondromalacia and Meniscoid Body (scar tissue).