Ankle Arthroscopy

Mercer Ocean Podiatry

Board Certified Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro, NJ

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to identify and treat certain problems with your ankle joint. If you suffer from issues like chronic ankle pain or impaired mobility, Frank Killian, DPM, FACFAS, Sameep Chandrani, DPM, AACFAS, and the team at Mercer Ocean Podiatry can determine if ankle arthroscopy is right for you. To schedule your visit, call one of the offices in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, or book online today.

Ankle Arthroscopy Q&A

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows the board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons at Mercer Ocean Podiatry to examine and treat tissue damage in or around your ankle. 

During the procedure, your provider inserts a tiny camera (arthroscope) through a small incision near your ankle joint. They use the camera to take a look at the inside of your ankle and identify any damaged tissues. 

Your provider then uses small surgical instruments to repair any tissue damage and restore proper function to your ankle. 


When is ankle arthroscopy used?

Mercer Ocean Podiatry uses ankle arthroscopy to identify and treat a wide range of ankle problems, including arthritis and synovitis. Synovitis refers to inflammation in the lining of your joints (synovium) while arthritis refers to several conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and damage to your joints. 

If your condition doesn’t improve with conservative care, the team may recommend ankle arthroscopy to identify and treat the cause of symptoms like:

  • Swelling
  • Restricted movement
  • Chronic stiffness
  • Periods of increased ankle pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Joint tenderness

Mercer Ocean Podiatry provides patient-centered care and works with you to determine the best treatment for your ankle problem. Ankle arthroscopy is useful for identifying and treating a number of conditions, including ankle instability, ankle impingement, and arthrofibrosis.

With ankle arthroscopy, your provider repairs your ankle problem without making large incisions. This reduces both the risk of complications and the time it takes you to recover. 


What should I expect after ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is typically performed under general or regional anesthesia. Once your incisions are closed and you recover from the anesthesia, the team at Mercer Ocean Podiatry may instruct you on steps to take at home, such as keeping your ankle elevated or changing your dressing. 

In most cases, you’ll return home the same day as your procedure. The team may require you to wear a splint to keep your ankle stable or use crutches to keep weight off your foot. 

After the procedure, patients are typically up and running in as few as two weeks. 

To learn more about ankle arthroscopy, call Mercer Ocean Podiatry or book an appointment online today.

 

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