Arthroscopy is a procedure in which a small video camera attached to a fiber-optic lens is inserted into the ankle joint through one or two small incisions. Arthroscopy can be used to treat various conditions such as ankle arthritis, ankle pain following a fracture, osteochondral defects of the talus, synovial diseases, and lateral ankle stabilization procedures.
Why ankle arthroscopy?
The alternative to ankle arthroscopy is open ankle surgery. Arthroscopy offers the following benefits:
Significantly lower pain levels than an open approach
Most cases can be performed on an outpatient basis
Lower infection rates than opting for the open surgical approach
Earlier return to work/function/sports
Minimal effect if further surgery to the ankle is required