Ankle arthroscopy is key hole surgery to access the ankle joint. It can be used to perform various procedures.
Injury to the cartilage within the ankle joint is commonly associated with sporting injury and ankle sprains. Unstable cartilage flaps (commonly called osteochondral lesions) may cause pain, swelling and impair sport and recreation. Ankle arthroscopy is used to assess the joint surface and remove unstable areas of cartilage/ bone. Various methods have been used to stimulate growth of new cartilage. Most commonly a microfracture procedure is utilised for small/ medium lesions.
Bone spur formation on the front part of the ankle is common in running athletes. This results in pain and restricted range of motion with movement of the ankle. These spurs can be removed with arthroscopic surgery if you fail to respond to activity modification and physiotherapy.