Are you experiencing any pain or issues with your ankle joint? To treat a variety of conditions that affect the ankle joint, specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah use the ankle arthroscopy procedure to magnify images of the ankle and project them on a screen for the orthopedic surgeon. This minimally invasive procedure involves a thin surgical tool with an attached camera (arthroscope) and helps the specialist get a better understanding of your injury or condition.
Several conditions can benefit from an ankle arthroscopy procedure at Ogden Clinic:
An ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it boasts a faster recovery time for patients, as well as less scarring and fewer complications than open surgery procedures. During the procedure, the surgeon will make two small incisions on the front or back of the ankle while the patient is under anesthesia. These incisions will act as portals for the arthroscope and other surgical tools and will allow surgeons to inject sterile fluid for maximum visualization. Once the surgery is completed, the portals are closed with sutures and most patients wear boot or splint during recovery.
Following an ankle arthroscopy, patients often experience some level of pain and swelling around the surgical site. The doctor may recommend elevating the ankle and taking oral pain medication to alleviate these symptoms. Depending on the severity of the surgery, the doctor may also ask the patient to not put any weight on the leg for several weeks. Most patients also require some form of physical therapy to strengthen the ankle and re-establish range of motion.
Do you have trouble walking because of an ankle condition? Arthroscopy at Ogden Clinic in northern Utah is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat a variety of ankle conditions and injuries. Contact one of our offices today to schedule your initial consultation with an orthopedic specialist.