Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to repair a variety of foot and ankle conditions and injuries. During the procedure, your surgeon will insert an arthroscope, or thin, flexible tube, into the affected area of your foot or ankle. The arthroscope uses a small camera to beam images onto a large screen. Your surgeon can insert specialized instruments into the arthroscope to reach and repair the affected area.
Minimally invasive procedures like ankle arthroscopy benefit patients by causing less pain and allowing for a faster recovery than traditional surgery.
We also use ankle arthroscopy to address:
- Sports-related injuries
- Large bone spur removals
- Treatment of cartilage defects
- Ankle instability
- Post-fracture stiffness
- Revision surgery
- Insertional achilles tendinitis
Ankle Arthroscopy – MedStar Georgetown’s Comprehensive Approach
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Foot and Ankle Center, we provide the most comprehensive and experienced care available in the Washington, D.C. area. We specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures for foot and ankle conditions, and perform 1,500 surgeries every year to address a wide range of problems, including trauma, sports injuries, and offer major reconstruction. In fact, we are one of the only centers that offer ankle reconstruction surgery. All of our orthopaedic ankle arthroscopy specialists have fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. Our team focuses exclusively on caring for conditions that affect the lower extremities.
In addition, we offer every service you need to support a successful recovery. Services we provide include:
- Pedorthic and shoe consultants, if you need special orthotics or shoes
- Durable medical goods, including braces, crutches, and other equipment you may need during recovery
- Physical therapy
Our compassionate and capable staff will coordinate all of these additional services for you so you can focus on recovering – rather than on managing your care.
Ankle Arthroscopy Recovery
Recovery from ankle arthroscopy is generally faster and less painful than recovery from traditional surgery. You may feel stiff or sore immediately after surgery, but you can get right back to walking. We may recommend that you walk slowly and gently, keep your foot and ankle elevated, and ice the area to minimize pain and swelling. We may also encourage you to do physical therapy exercises to rebuild your strength and range of motion. Your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery process with you before your procedure.