Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to treat problems inthe ankle joint. Ankle arthroscopy uses a thin fiber-optic camera (arthroscope) that can magnify and transmit images of the ankle to a video screen. The arthroscope is inserted through small key-hole incisions, and various instruments are used to address the joint pathology. Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat different disorders of the ankle joint. The list of problems that can be treated with this technology is constantly evolving and includes:
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle instability
- Ankle impingement
- Loose bodies
- Osteochondral defect (OCD)
Ankle arthroscopy allows for significantly improved visualization inside the joint, without surgical damage to normal tissue. This minimizes problems sometimes encountered with large incisions, such as infection and pain. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient because of its minimally invasive nature. Patients may be able to begin rehabilitation sooner, and they may be able to return to high-level activities such as sports more quickly.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka brings advanced arthroscopic expertise in the management of conditions of the ankle joint, with less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to pain-free function.