Ankle arthroscopy

What is an ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is better known as 'keyhole surgery' and allows your surgeon to look inside your ankle joint through a camera inserted through a small hole in the skin.  This allows a treatment using specially designed surgical instruments.

What does this involve?

The operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic as a day-case procedure. Two small cuts are made over the front of the ankle through which a small telescope and various instruments can be inserted into the ankle. After the procedure your ankle will be wrapped in a bandage.

When will I recover?

After the operation, you will have a bandage around the ankle. For the first few weeks following surgery you will need to elevate your foot as much as possible to reduce swelling. This will both make the foot more comfortable and help the wounds to heal.

At two weeks the stitches will be removed, and you will be able to gently mobilise on the ankle. Your recovery will depend on the exact nature of the surgery performed, and it will take two to three months for all the swelling and stiffness to resolve.

What risks should I know about?

Ankle arthroscopy is an extremely safe procedure but there is always a small risk of bleeding or infection in the joint or developing a lump under the wound after surgery. This is caused by bleeding under the skin and should settle after a few weeks.