Arthroscopy of the ankle joint | Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy of the ankle joint

Arthroscopy of the ankle is a good way of diagnosing and treating some diseases of this region, which could alternatively only be treated by open surgery, which would be associated with significantly higher risks and rehabilitation times. There are different reasons why arthroscopy of the ankle joint is useful. It can be used to treat cartilage damage, free joint bodies, diseases of the joint mucosa, bone spurs and instability of the joint.

As with most arthroscopies, two incisions are made to allow the surgical instruments to be inserted. The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthesia. Full weight-bearing is possible in the first two weeks after the operation, but things that put strain on the joint such as sports should be avoided.

During this time, the use of crutches can be useful. A physiotherapeutic post-operative treatment with physiotherapy exercises prevents a permanent restriction of movement.