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What Is Ankle Arthroscopy?

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle arthroscopy represents a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat a variety of ankle joint problems. Through small incisions, a podiatrist inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into the ankle joint, allowing for a detailed examination of its structures. This procedure offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced postoperative pain, and quicker recovery times. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to address a range of conditions, such as ankle impingement, ligament tears, cartilage damage, and loose bodies within the joint. During the procedure, specialized instruments may be utilized to repair or remove damaged tissue, restore joint stability, and alleviate symptoms. By providing direct visualization of the ankle joint, arthroscopy enables precise diagnosis and targeted treatment, ultimately facilitating improved outcomes for patients experiencing ankle-related issues. As a minimally invasive approach, ankle arthroscopy continues to evolve, offering patients a less disruptive option for resolving ankle joint problems. If you have chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if ankle arthroscopy is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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