What is ankle arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). Dr. Onosode puts a lighted tube with a tiny camera through small incisions. The camera is called an arthroscope, or scope.
Ankle arthroscopy can treat several problems.
- For arthritis, the doctor smooths rough surfaces of the ankle bones.
- For an ankle that does not move easily or feels as though it locks, the doctor may put back or take out a loose piece of bone or cartilage.
- For a broken ankle, the doctor can put the bones back in the right positions.
- For an ankle with pain and limited movement, the doctor may find and remove scar tissue. Or a growth called a ganglion cyst may be removed.
You will go home on the day of surgery. Your ankle may be in a brace, a flexible boot, or a cast. You will probably need only a few weeks to recover. If Dr. Onosode repaired a broken bone or torn tissue, recovery will take longer. You may have to limit your activity until your ankle strength and movement return to normal. You may need physical therapy.
You may be able to go back to your normal routine a few days after the surgery. If you lift things or stand or walk a lot at work, it may be 1 to 2 months before you can go back to work. If you had surgery for a broken bone (fracture), it may be even longer before you can do physical labor.
After surgery and rehab, you will probably have less pain and more strength and movement in your ankle.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call the office if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.