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Ankle Arthroscopy Specialist

Ortho 1 Medical Group

Orthopedic Specialists located in La Jolla, CA & Chula Vista, CA

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery. It’s used to treat ankle joint problems and repair the cause of your ankle pain. One of the primary benefits of ankle arthroscopy is that it provides the fastest possible recovery. At Ortho 1 Medical Group, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. If your symptoms don’t improve with nonsurgical treatments or you’ve suffered severe tissue damage, it’s time to learn about ankle arthroscopy. Call the office in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Jolla, or Coronado, California, today or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Ankle Arthroscopy Q&A

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy refers to a minimally invasive procedure that allows your surgeon to examine the ankle joint, diagnose the cause of your symptoms, and repair the problems.

During ankle arthroscopy, your surgeon makes a tiny incision and guides an arthroscope through the incision and into the joint. The scope is equipped with a light and a camera that sends magnified images to a monitor.

After closely examining the tissues inside your ankle joint, your Ortho 1 Medical Group surgeon diagnoses the problem and determines what kind of repair you need.

To perform your surgery, they make another tiny incision and use specialized instruments that are narrow enough to fit through the opening and into the joint.

What conditions need ankle arthroscopy?

Ortho 1 Medical Group uses ankle arthroscopy to treat nearly every condition that requires surgical repair. The team performs diagnostic arthroscopy to determine the cause of symptoms like ankle pain, joint instability, limited movement, and swelling.

They often perform ankle arthroscopy to treat conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Ankle fractures
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Joint instability
  • Bone spurs
  • Loose bodies
  • Infections
  • Cartilage damage
  • Ankle impingement (swollen, pinched tissues)
  • Synovitis (inflammation of the tissues lining the joint)
  • Arthrofibrosis (excess scar tissue)

The team skillfully performs many surgical procedures during ankle arthroplasty. Examples include bone fusion, ligament reconstruction, wound cleaning, and bone straightening.

What should I expect during recovery from ankle arthroscopy?

Which surgery you had, the extent of your injury, and your body’s individual healing response determine how long it’ll take to recover. You might be able to walk shortly after surgery, or your surgeon could tell you to avoid placing weight on your ankle for several weeks.

No matter what affects your individual recovery, arthroscopic surgery causes significantly less tissue trauma than traditional open surgery, providing a shorter recovery period.

The benefits of ankle arthroscopy include:

  • Minimal bleeding
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Little scarring
  • Faster healing
  • Quicker return to your activities

Ortho 1 Medical Group often performs ankle arthroscopy as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home soon after your surgery is done. If you need hospitalization, your stay is shorter compared with open surgery.

If you have ongoing ankle pain or have questions about ankle arthroscopy, call Ortho 1 Medical Group or book an appointment online today.