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Doctor insights on: Ankle Arthroscopy

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Is an ankle arthroscopy painful?

Is an ankle arthroscopy painful?

Less than open: Ankle arthroscopy is done as a substitute for an open surgical procedure where appropriate. It requires 2-4 small incisions where a 2.9 -4.0mm camera is inserted. Other cuts are used to clean out the ankle or repair the cartilage. As such there is less pain than an open surgery. It can be done under local anesthesia with sedation or spinal/general.I instill Marcaine at end wake up without pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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What will happen during my ankle arthroscopy?

What will happen during my ankle arthroscopy?

See below: It depends what condition it is being done for. In general there will be several small incisions made to except the instruments. One will be a camera the other will be able to remove tissue or bone and a third will fill the ankle joint with fluid to help expand the tissue for easier vision of the ankle joint. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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What can I do to prepare for my ankle arthroscopy?

What can I do to prepare for my ankle arthroscopy?

Follow instructions.: Follow the instructions given to you by the surgery center or hospital where you will be having the surgery. Get plenty of sleep the night before. ...Read more

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When should I go through with an ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy: If you have ongoing ankle pain refractory to a conservative course and imaging that supports an intraarticular disorder such as ocd of the talus, loose bodies, impinging synovium then ankle arthroscopy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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Ankle arthroscopy recovery, will it be long and painful?

Not necessarily: It depends on what is being done with the arthroscopic procedure. It may be a long recovery if it is a fusion or ligament reconstruction, for example. But, it may be relatively a short recovery with a joint clean out. Ask your surgeon that question and they will guide you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I go through with my ankle arthroscopy if pain gone?

Should I go through with my ankle arthroscopy if pain gone?

Depends on why surg: It depends on why you were having surgery in the first place. If it was a scope for impingement or to just look in the joint, then you may want to postpone. If there is an osteochondral lesion of the bone, or other significant finding on your studies (mri, ct) it may be best to proceed.In my experience, despite the pain being better, we often find something significant at surgery. ...Read more

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I am having ankle arthroscopy soon, when will be able to be back in the gym?

I am having ankle arthroscopy soon, when will be able to be back in the gym?

Likely 6 to 12 wks: Depends on the problem to be addressed, and what you intend to do in the gym, activity involving the operated ankle may need to be limited anywhere between 6 to 12 weeks give or take a few on what exactly is being done. ...Read more

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I'm about to have an ankle arthroscopy, does anyone know how long I will be on crutches for?

Variable: Some people who have an ankle arthroscopy only use crutches for about a day. Others use it for weeks. Everybody's different and everybody's pain tolerance is different. If you shoot for 1 day you'll be better off then if you plan to use them for 1 month. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more