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Ankle Arthroscopy
Author: Quỳnh Nguyễn
Review Date: August 6, 2018 | Last Modified: January 22, 2019
Ankle Arthroscopy


1. What is Ankle Arthroscopy?

Ankle Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a fiber-optic viewing camera and small surgical tools to operate in and around the ankle joint through small incisions.

Ankle Arthroscopy provides surgical evaluation and treatment of a variety of ankle conditions. Arthroscopic surgery can have a quicker recovery time than traditional open surgery.

2. What is the purpose of Ankle Arthroscopy?

The purpose of Ankle Arthroscopy is to reduce ankle pain and improve overall function. Doctors use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat different disorders of the ankle joint.


1. When is Ankle Arthroscopy needed?

You may need Ankle Arthroscopy if you have debris in your ankle from torn cartilage or from a bone chip. Also, if there is ligament damage from a severely sprained ankle, a bone surgeon may choose to do an arthroscopy to evaluate the extent of damage and possibly to repair it.

2. Who are eligible for Ankle Arthroscopy?

Elective arthroscopy is not appropriate for some patients. Patients with severe ankle arthritis may not benefit from arthroscopic “clean up” surgery. Patients with active infections or other medical problems may also not be appropriate surgical candidates.

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The cost of Ankle Arthroscopy in Vietnam ranges from 10-20 millions VND.

In the UK, cost in the private sector of the operation: £2,100 to £2,500, not including scans. Cost to the NHS: between £500 and £1,000.


1. What should I do before Ankle Arthroscopy?

In general, you should refrain from eating or drinking the day of the surgery. Check with your surgeon regarding prescription medications and herbal medications that you may be taking. The surgeon may ask you not to take blood-thinning agents such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin) for a few days prior to the surgery. Arrange for transportation home after the procedure if it is an outpatient procedure.

2. What should I do after Ankle Arthroscopy?

Some people may be allowed to bear weight with crutches.

Others may be placed in an immobilizer for as long as six weeks. The type of repair made during the procedure and the surgeon’s preference will determine how your ankle may be immobilized.

  • If performing extensive surgery or remodeling of the ankle, the surgeon may choose to put your ankle in a cast to prevent you from moving it too early and to promote healing.
  • If you had an arthroscopy only to establish a diagnosis, the surgeon may put a simple splint or air splint on your ankle.

In general, you should keep the area clean and dry while the incisions are healing.

The surgeon may also prescribe you with pain medicine.

Moreover, you should elevate the ankle and ice it to minimize swelling and to soothe the pain.

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1. How long does Ankle Arthroscopy last?

Ankle Arthroscopy can last as a day surgery procedure unless you have other significant medical problems that mean you may need to stay in hospital overnight.

2. How is the procedure of Ankle Arthroscopy?

You will be brought to the operating room and prepped for anesthesia and surgery. An IV line will be started. The ankle, foot, and leg will be exposed, cleaned, and sterilized.

Depending on the type of anesthesia chosen, a tube may be placed in your throat to assist with breathing, once you are asleep. The ankle will be numbed locally or with a regional anesthetic block.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, the surgeon will make small incisions for the portals.

They will then place the portals, or small tubes, in different areas around the ankle in order to place in the instruments and camera. The surgeon will then perform the procedure.

Afterwards, they will remove the instruments and portals. The surgeon will then close the small incisions and bandage you.

3. What happens after the procedure?

You will be taken to the recovery room for monitoring while waking up from the anesthesia. If needed, sutures are removed one to two weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will determine when activities such as range-of-motion and ankle exercises are allowed. Physical therapy may also be used.

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Complications & Side Effects

1. What complications could arise from Ankle Arthroscopy?

Ankle Arthroscopy is a relatively safe procedure with low complication rates.

  • As with any procedure involving the introduction of instruments to a normally sterile area, infection is a risk.
  • Bleeding from cut blood vessels may also occur.
  • Some people may have local nerve damage from the procedure making the overlying skin numb.

There are risks in using any kind of anesthesia, depending on the type that is chosen.

2. What are the possible side effects of Ankle Arthroscopy?

You can expect some pain and swelling following surgery.

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