The Foot and Ankle Clinic

Ankle arthroscopy

What is ankle arthroscopy? | Why ankle arthroscopy? | How is ankle arthroscopy done? | What does the inside of my ankle look like? | Ankle arthroscopy operation-operative stills | Operative footage - ankle arthroscopy | What conditions can be treated with ankle arthroscopy? | What happens after my ankle arthroscopy? | Complications of ankle arthroscopy


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Foot Surgery Atlas Ankle Arthroscopy

What is an ankle arthroscopy?
Ankle arthroscopy is also known as key hole ankle surgery or minimally invasive ankle surgery.   Ankle arthroscopy involves using very small incisions to gain access into the ankle joint.  Each incision is less than 1cm and usually two incisions are required. The ankle joint is relatively small and to allow good surgical access to the joint, its dimensions need temporarily to be increased. This is done using a combination of distraction across the joint together with having a stream of pressurized fluid circulating through the joint which distends it.

ankle arthroscopy

Not all ankle surgery can be done or is sensible to try using arthroscopy. The list of conditions below is comprehensive for those disorders in which the technique is useful. The alternative is open ankle surgery which results in larger scars and generally more post-operative pain. For certain cases though this is unavoidable.

standard two anterior ankle arthroscopic wounds


The inside of the ankle joint can be inspected using a small camera with operations carried out on the joint using small, specially designed instruments.

The various disorders in which the technique is useful :

- Ankle arthritis
- Footballers ankle (Anterior Ankle Impingement)
- Unstable ankle
- Lateral ligament reconstruction
- Ankle pain following fracture
- Loose bodies within the ankle
- Osteochondral defects of the talus
- Diseases of the synovium
- Undiagnosed ankle pain



smith and nephew light weight joint shaver handpiece

Smith and Nephew ankle arthroscope and light weight joint shaver handpiece.


smith and nephew small joint instruments

Smith and Nephew small joint instruments for arthroscopic surgery


Why ankle arthroscopy?
The alternative to ankle arthroscopy is an open ankle surgery which has a longer recovery. The very small incisions used result in minimal soft tissue disruption and trauma. This in turn results in:


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