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Ankle arthroscopy

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Best Ankle arthroscopy Treatment & Diagnostics in Chunni Ganj, Kanpur

Ankle arthroscopy is a surgical procedure performed at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, that is used to treat problems in the ankle joints.

It is a minimally invasive surgery. Ankle arthroscopy helps in reducing ankle pain and improves overall function.

How is the surgery performed?

Ankle arthroscopy is performed by an orthopedic surgeon at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur. In this procedure, local anesthesia is given at first, the surgeon marks the place in the ankle to be operated on. A tourniquet is applied to the leg and the leg is thoroughly cleaned.

At least two incisions are made in the ankle by the surgeon, one in the front and the other in the back. The surgeon will insert an arthroscopic camera through the incision. The arthroscopic camera magnifies and transmits images of the ankle onto the video screen.

Sometimes the surgeon may use a device to stretch the ankle joints for better visibility. The incisions act as a portal during the surgery. The instruments and camera can be exchanged during the surgery through these portals. Motorized shavers and hand-operated instruments are used to perform the surgery.

Later, the incisions are closed by giving stitches in the ankles after the surgery. A sterile dressing can also be made over the stitches for prevention from bleeding.

Benefits of ankle arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is used for treating different ankle problems or disorders in the ankle joints. List of problems treated through ankle arthroscopy are:

Infection: Infection in the spaces of the joint may not be treated by antibiotics alone. It may often require urgent surgery to wash out and remove the infection in the joint. This may be done by arthroscopy.

Arthrofibrosis: Scar tissue may get formed inside the ankle. This may lead to a painful and stiff joint, known as arthrofibrosis. Ankle arthroscopy may also be used for identifying the scar tissues and removing them.

Anterior ankle impingement: Anterior ankle impingement occurs when the bones or soft tissues at the front of the ankle joint become inflamed. The symptoms of ankle impingement include ankle pain or swelling. It may limit the ability of the ankle to bend up or down. Bone spurs may be seen on X-ray. Walking uphill may also be painful. Arthroscopy may be used for shaving away inflamed tissues and bone spurs.

Ankle instability: Sometimes the ligaments of the ankle may become stretched out, which may lead to a feeling that the ankle is numb. These ligaments may be tightened by the surgery. Arthroscopic techniques may be an option for treating moderate ankle instability.

Ankle fractures: Ankle arthroscopy can be used along with open surgeries for repairing the fracture. This may also help to ensure that the alignment of bone and cartilage is normal. The arthroscopic camera may also be used while ankle fracture repair treatment to look for certain cartilage injuries inside the ankle.

Ankle arthritis: For many patients with end-stage ankle arthritis, ankle fusion can be a possible treatment. Ankle arthroscopy is a method through which ankle fusion can be performed in a minimally invasive way. Results can be equal to or better than open surgeries.

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Side effects of ankle arthroscopy

Being a surgical procedure, ankle arthroscopy has its own risks and benefits, including the risks related to anesthesia, infections, damage to nerves and blood vessels, bleeding, or blood clots.

Some of the side effects or complications specific to ankle arthroscopy include

  • Nerve injury
  • blood vessels may form around the ankle
  • Numbness or tingling in the ankle.

These side effects or complications of ankle arthroscopy may resolve over time.

How long does it take to recover from ankle arthroscopy?

. In most patients, healing may take 1 to 2 weeks. But usually, healing depends on the care and medications followed by the patient after the surgery. A patient may take a maximum of 4 to 5 weeks to return to day-to-day activities after the surgery.

What are the results of the surgery?

In 90% of the cases, the patient may achieve good or excellent results after undergoing the ankle arthroscopy.

Yes, arthroscopy has many benefits over other procedures. These benefits include:

Yes, arthroscopy has many benefits over other procedures. These benefits include:

  • Less scarring
  • Small incisions
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter recovery time
There are some side effects as well, but the side effects doze off after a certain period.


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