Ankle arthroscopy

A minimally invasive method of joint operation, used also in case of ankle injuries.

Arthroscopy is not such a novelty – first arthroscopy was performed nearly 100 years ago in 1918! In those days it was treated mainly as a diagnostic method that allowed looking into a joint as if through a keyhole. Currently, it is performed mainly as a treatment method, that allows performance of many procedures within a joint, including ligaments reconstruction and cartilage correction.

Arthroscopy advantage over traditional operating methods is that there is no need for full joint opening. Usually few (2-3) small (0.5 cm) cuts is enough. Through those cuts a video camera and tools are introduced. Thanks to these actions, coming back to health can be much faster, scars fully invisible and joint surrounding tissue damage – minimal.

Substantially, arthroscopy of any joint can be performed, from the large ones, like a knee or a hip, through an ankle and the smallest ones like interphalangeal toe joints. An ankle is not even the smallest joint that can be treated this way.

Description: Arthroscopy can reconstruct damaged ligament as well as replant detached part of a bone. In the picture there is na arthroscopic image of a reinsertion of a detached anterior talofibular ligament (after a sprained ankle)

Description: Standard arthroscopic video camera has a diameter of 4 mm. Within the ankle, smaller cameras are also used – with a diameter of 2.8 mm.