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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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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you get a cast with ankle arthroscopy?

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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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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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


Hydrocodone (Definition)

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more