Problems inside the ankle can often be diagnosed using a MRI scan. However, you may then need an arthroscopy to treat the problem.
The operation usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. A variety of anaesthetic techniques is possible.
Your surgeon will insert a camera through small cuts around your ankle and will examine the inside of your ankle for damage to the joint surfaces and ligaments. They will wash out any loose material caused by wear of the joint surfaces and remove any spurs of bone or swelling of the lining of your ankle joint.
If you have torn your ankle ligaments, you may need a reconstruction operation.
Complications of anaesthesia
- Your anaesthetist will be able to discuss with you the possible complications of having an anaesthetic.
- Infection of the surgical site (wound)
- Unsightly scarring of your skin
- Blood clots
- Difficulty passing urine
- Damage to nerves around the ankle
- Compartment syndrome, where the calf muscles swell and get tight
- Infection in the ankle joint
- Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the ankle (complex regional pain syndrome)