Does my Ankle Injury Require Arthroscopic Surgery?

If you have an or ankle injury, you’re eager to get it treated and regain your mobility. It’s not surprising that an ankle can experience a traumatic injury; it’s easy to twist a leg the wrong way playing a sport or accidentally step in a hole when you’re out for a walk. 

Your feet and ankles each have 26 bones and 30 joints. You put tremendous pressure on these bones and joints when you walk, run, or engage in any activity. 

Your feet sustain pressure of 2-4 times the weight of your entire body each time your foot hits the pavement, while your ankles help stabilize your body and act as shock absorbers. You probably don’t realize you’re putting more than a ton of pressure on your feet when you run just a mile.

Whether your injury is from overuse, arthritis, or scar tissue from an old injury, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A. provide individualized plans for your healing based on your needs, whether it’s conservative treatment or surgery. 

Does my ankle injury require arthroscopic surgery?  

You may have loose cartilage that has irritated the joint; the cartilage needs trimming. You may have arthritis, a heel spur, or pain and inflammation from an old injury or failed operation. Arthroscopic surgery can help to resolve all of these problems. 

Ankle injuries can be disabling. Not being able to walk normally disrupts an exercise routine that keeps you healthy. You’ve no doubt used pain medications, followed by a steroid injection or two and physical therapy. You may have used a splint or a brace. 

If you have chronic pain, stiffness, swelling, or instability after all of the conservative treatments haven’t worked, your physician likely recommends arthroscopic surgery to remedy your ankle problem. 

Staying on pain medication long-term isn’t a good option because these drugs have harmful side effects when taken for long periods of time. 

What is arthroscopic surgery? 

Arthroscopic surgery helps your doctor get a good look at which ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones are damaged so they can make the necessary repairs. 

Using an arthroscope, a thin, flexible surgical instrument, your surgeon makes very small incisions to get to the site of the damage, whereas traditional open surgery requires large incisions. Smaller is better, right? Absolutely. 

Your physician places a miniature camera in the area of the affected joint. The camera has a light that magnifies the area and is connected to a computer that displays your joint on a monitor. This way, your surgeon can clearly see the problem area. 

To continue the surgery, your surgeon makes other tiny incisions and uses small instruments to trim damaged cartilage, insert stitches, and complete the specific repair you need. This type of surgery normally requires general anesthesia and is performed in an outpatient center. 

For all of your orthopedic and sports medicine needs, call or book an appointment online with our experts at The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A.



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