Pacific Orthopaedic Associates Pacific Orthopaedic Associates : (626) 282-1600

Patient Info

Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure during which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis and treatment of problems inside the joint. Ankle Arthroscopy includes the diagnosis and treatment of ankle conditions. In arthroscopic examination, a small incision is made in the patient's skin through which pencil-sized instruments that have a small lens and lighting system (arthroscope) are passed. Arthroscope magnifies and illuminates the structures of the joint with the light that is transmitted through fiber optics. It is attached to a television camera and the interior of the joint is seen on the television monitor.

Arthroscopic examination of ankle joint is helpful in diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Inflammation: Synovitis, the inflammation of the lining of the ankle joint
  • Acute or chronic injury
  • Osteoarthritis: A type of arthritis caused by cartilage loss in a joint

During arthroscopic ankle surgery, either a general or local anesthesia will be given depending on the condition. A small incision of the size of a buttonhole is made through which the arthroscope is inserted. Other accessory incisions will be made through which specially designed instruments are inserted. After the procedure is completed arthroscope is removed and incisions are closed. You may be instructed about the incision care, activities to be avoided and exercises to be performed for faster recovery.

Some of the conditions treated by ankle arthroscopy include:

  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Unstable ankle
  • Ankle fracture
  • Osteochondral Defects of the talus
  • Infection
  • Undiagnosed ankle pain

Some of the possible complications after arthroscopy include infection, phlebitis (clotting of blood in vein), excessive swelling, bleeding, blood vessel or nerve damage and instrument breakage.

Recovery

It may take several weeks for the puncture wounds to heal and the joint to recover completely. A rehabilitation program may be advised for a speedy recovery of normal joint function. Your child can resume normal activities and go back to school within a few days.

Total & Partial Joint Replacement - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Spinal Disorders and Deformities - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Shoulder Elbow Hand and Wrist - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Hip and Knees - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Foot and Ankle - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Fractures and Trauma - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Physical Therapy - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
What's New at POA - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
POA has been voted for Top Docs in Pasadena Magazine for 2014POA has been voted for Top Docs in Pasadena Magazine for 2014
» Read more
Appointment Request - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Prescription Renewal - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Referring Physicians - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Pay My Bill Online - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Virtual Tour - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Your First Visit - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Patient Forms - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Patient Surveys - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Preoperative Instructions - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Postoperative Instructions - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
Locations & Directions - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates
 
Follow Us - Pacific Orthopaedic Associates Facebook Twitter YouTube
Bookmark and Share
Your Practice Online