Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique which uses very small incisions to insert a telescope (arthroscope) and instruments into the ankle joint. This gives the surgeon an excellent view around the joint to diagnose problems and allows surgical procedures to be performed inside the joint in order to treat those problems.Advantages: Large incisions are avoided and recovery time is therefore reduced.
You will be admitted on the night prior to your surgery. The procedure usually takes approximately 60 minutes. After surgery your ankle will be in a bandage. Weight bearing will depend on the procedure that has been undertaken. You will need crutches for a few days, occasionally you will be asked not to put weight on the operated foot for a few weeks.
You will be required to stay in hospital for at least 1 night following your operation & also checked whether you are safe to be discharged.
You must have someone available to take you home from hospital.
You must not operate machinery or drive a car for minimum 14 days after your procedure (depending on the surgical procedure).
You should have a responsible adult with you at home for at least the first 1-2 days.
It is important that you attend this appointment arranged 2 weeks after your operation, as part of your ongoing treatment/management.