Arthroscopy for Ankle Problems
Arthroscopy has been a popular choice among orthopedic surgeons for correcting shoulder and knee joint problems for over 30 years. However, arthroscopy is becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of ankle conditions. Arthroscopy of the ankle can be used to treat conditions such as tendinitis, arthritis, tendon tears, chronic instability, bone spurs, and articular cartilage damage. Let's take a look at some of the most common questions about ankle arthroscopy.
- What is arthroscopy? Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that can both diagnose and repair joint problems. This method allows surgeons to clearly see inside of a joint through the use of a fiber optic light and camera attached to a narrow scope.
- What are the benefits of arthroscopy? This surgical technique requires only small incision sites that leave insignificant scars. There is a decreased risk of infection, and most arthroscopy patients can leave the hospital after surgery to recover in the comfort of their own homes. This style of surgery puts less stress on the body than traditional open surgical methods, and allows for a shorter recovery time, which is especially beneficial for athletes.
- How do I know if ankle arthroscopy is for me? The need for arthroscopy is determined on a case-by-case basis. Every patient’s injury or condition is unique and requires special consideration and care. Your orthopedic surgeon will perform a physical exam prior to surgery to determine if arthroscopy is a beneficial course of treatment. X-rays, or other imaging studies may also be conducted prior to surgery.
Ankle Arthroscopy in Napa and Vacaville
To learn more about ankle arthroscopy and its benefits, contact us today. You can reach us directly at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville. We look forward to meeting you!