This surgery uses small instruments and a camera to learn the cause of and treat problems in the ankle joint.
An ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses small medical instruments and a camera to learn the cause of and treat problems in the ankle joint. These problems may include arthritis, fractures and infections. The instruments are inserted through several small incisions made in different areas of the ankle.
An arthroscopy of an ankle may be needed to learn the cause of, and treat, persistent pain in the ankle joint. The pain may be due to an injury or problems with the structures in the ankle.
Before undergoing a surgical procedure, you may be given some instructions to decrease your symptoms and prevent further injury to your ankle joint. These may include:
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
During your arthroscopy, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free. Anesthesia may include one of the following:
You will probably go home the day of your surgery.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having an ankle arthroscopy?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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