Ankle arthroscopy is an ankle surgery that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope and surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your ankle. David Larson, DPM, a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, specializes in Ankle Arthroscopy. After an exam, Dr. Larson can determine your risk and make treatment recommendations. To make an appointment, call the office in Mesa or Phoenix, Arizona, or request an appointment today.
Ankle arthroscopy is an ankle surgery that uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope and surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your ankle. The camera is called an arthroscope. The benefit of an ankle arthroscopy is that you’re your surgeon can locate problems and make repairs to your ankle without making larger cuts in the skin and tissue. This result is a faster recovery and less pain than with an open ankle surgery.
Ankle pain is the most common reason an ankle arthroscopy is performed. The procedure allows your doctor to discover the cause of pain and repair damage. Ankle arthroscopy is often used to repair:
During this ankle surgery, you will receive general anesthesia before this surgery so that you are asleep and unable to feel pain. You may also receive regional anesthesia, depending on why the surgery is being performed. Your leg and ankle area will be numbed to reduce pain as well.
David Larson, DPM will go through the following steps during an ankle arthroscopy:
Because ankle arthroscopy is minimally invasive compared to open ankle surgery, your recovery time will be faster. The small incisions made during surgery generally heal quickly. You may even be able to resume activity within days. However, if a lot of damage was discovered and repair needed, recovery could take longer – up to several weeks – and require at-home exercises and/or physical therapy.
To learn more about Ankle Arthroscopy, make an appointment with David Larson, DPM, today. Call the nearest office to speak with a staff member or request an appointment online.