- In most cases two small incisions are made on the ankle joint
- Saline (sterile salt water) is then pumped into the joint to expand it; this creates space for the arthroscope and other tools to be guided to the problem area
- The arthroscope once inserted into the ankle joint aids the surgeon in his investigation for any trauma, disease or degenerative changes
- Treatment is carried out through a second incision with specially designed medical tools
- The incisions are sutured once treatment has been completed. The ankle is then dressed
An Arthroscope is a slender telescope fitted with a lens system and fibreoptic illumination; it projects a magnified image of the inside of a joint onto a television monitor. The surgeon uses the arthroscope to see the structures of the ankle during the diagnostic or operating stage.
Ankle arthroscopy is recommended to patients whose ankle injuries/degenerative changes do not improve with non-surgical treatments. Arthroscopy can treat cartilage, bone, tendons and ligaments.