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

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. Theodore Davantzis
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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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I'm about to have an ankle arthroscopy and want to know how long I am likely to be on crutches for?

I'm about to have an ankle arthroscopy and want to know how long I am likely to be on crutches for?

Depends: Hello, Based on what will happen during your procedure will dictate the post op course. With soft tissue work only, 2 weeks of non weight bearing will do. If there was an OCD that was addressed with micro drilling, expect about 6 weeks of non weight bearing. Feel better! ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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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Ankle arthroscopy recovery, will it be long and painful?

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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What is required for post op care after ankle arthroscopy?

What is required for post op care after ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle scope: Depending on how involved the procedure is but usually you are immobilized in a splint for two weeks non weight bearing with crutches followed 4 weeks in a walking boot. During which you start light physical therapy. Once you r cleared your surgeon will increase the physical therapy. Typical recovery is 6-8 weeks before u can go back to activity. ...Read more

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Is there a stronger pain medicine than hydrocodone for an ankle arthroscopy?

Is there a stronger pain medicine than hydrocodone for an ankle arthroscopy?

Different yes: There are narcotic pain medications for pain relief of which hydrocodone is one. There ar other preparations that maybe more effective than one or another and can be tried. In addition, there are non-narcotic pain mediations that can be just as effective. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear a cast after an ankle arthroscopy?

Do you have to wear a cast after an ankle arthroscopy?

Generally no: Ankle scopes requires two small 1cm portal incisions where cameras are used to evaluate the anke joint then to clean out synovitic tissue, loose bodies, or repair focal areas of cartilage damage. This would generally require a short boot or splint. If you had a scope assisted ankle fusion or or boney/structural procedure needing post op stability then a cast may be necessary. ...Read more

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I'm having ankle arthroscopy post surgery pain, what do you suggest I do for this?

I'm having ankle arthroscopy post surgery pain, what do you suggest I do for this?

Discuss with dr: Your surgeon should tell you exactly what they did and what you should do and expect in the next several weeks after your surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get a cast with ankle arthroscopy?

Surgeons preference: You can get one, but may be overkill depending on what was done. ...Read more

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Would a podiatrist be trained to do an ankle arthroscopy or would they typically be limited to open surgery?

Depends: Many podiatrists do ankle arthroscopy. Either they were trained in their surgical residency, or they can take a course and become certified. It also depends on the hospital that they do surgeries with--certain hospitals will not let podiatrists do ankle scopes for whatever reason. I do them at a surgery center. It's a very useful procedure for many ankle pathologies. ...Read more

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I'm having ankle arthroscopy surgery 29894/29897 & electrical bone stimulation next month 20974. Can this be done without putting me to sleep?

I'm having ankle arthroscopy surgery 29894/29897 & electrical bone stimulation next month 20974. Can this be done without putting me to sleep?

Yes: Increasing anesthesiologists are using spinal anesthesia over general ("putting to sleep"). Nerve blocks behind the knee also have ahad increasing use for ankle and foot procedures. I have also used sedation with localanesthesia for certain ankle arthroscopic procedures at the patient's request or due to medical condition that preclude general or even regional anesthesia. ...Read more

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And ankle arthroscopy surgery today at about 6:45 am, looked down tonight, and noticed blood came thru plaster stitches gauze and an ace bandage help?

And ankle arthroscopy surgery today at about 6:45 am, looked down tonight, and noticed blood came thru plaster stitches gauze and an ace bandage help?

Consult Orthopedist: I would give your orthopedist an immediate call for bloody drainage in an amount significant enough to soak through gauze and a plaster splint. I also note you have symptoms of chills and headache that may or may not be related but raise concerns about local and systemic infection or postop fever. A wound dehiscence is the most serious concern as well as hospital acquired MRSA infection. ...Read more

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Dvt in calf after ankle arthroscopy. Was on xarelto after surg and compression device used during surgery. Why did i still clot? Need to be concerned?

Yes: Significant DVT after an ankle arthroscopy is unusual but it happens. Trauma, immobilization and hematological considers are causes of clotting (virchow's triad). See a hematologist to make sure you do do have an underlying condition that makes you prone to clotting. ...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


Crutches (Definition)

Crutches are devices held beneath the armpits to support the body in walking after an injury to ...Read more