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Arthroscopy

Why might I need an Ankle arthroscopy?

If you are suffering from ankle arthritis, osteochondral injuries or require ankle fusion surgery on an ankle fracture or ankle sprain/instability or the surgeon needs to examine and repair tendons and ligaments, then you may need to have this minimally invasive procedure

What does Ankle arthroscopy involve?

Arthroscopy is usually a day case procedure. Procedures performed using arthroscopy include:

Ankle fusion surgery:

  • Surgery to examine or repair ligaments or tendons, or to take away bone or tissue giving rise to pain or arthritis including osteochondral injuries

Benefits include:

  • Less scarring
  • Quicker healing with reduced risk of infection
  • Less time in hospital
  • Quicker rehabilitation
  • Better results for many procedures, including ankle fusion surgery

Surgery always carries some risk, including blood vessel or nerve damage, but the advantages outweigh the risks.

Attending a pre-assessment screening is good way of maximising the benefits of your surgery. At your screening, you’ll have your blood tested to assess your Vitamin D levels; swabs will be taken to check for infection or other issues; you’ll be weighed and have a chance to talk through your medical history, to highlight any potential anaesthetics issues.

It is highly recommended that you stop smoking at least eight weeks before surgery because smoking affects your ability to heal and leads to health issues, such as greater risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots forming in the lungs) or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the calf).

How long does it take to recover?

After your surgery, your ankle will be bandaged, and these bandages remain on for two weeks. You will be shown how to walk using crutches and will be given a special sandal to aid your recovery. Most patients are able to go home on the same day as their operation.

You should try to rest your foot, keeping as much weight off it as possible, and keeping it raised above the level of your heart whenever you can, especially in the first week after your operation.

Once this week has passed, your pain levels should have reduced greatly, and you can start walking short distances, for example to a car. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work during the second week, however if it involves heavy manual labour you will need to wait a month after your surgery before you can resume work.

Once your wound has completely dried up and healed, you can go swimming and apply moisturiser to the wound itself to reduce scarring. Around three to four weeks after your surgery, patients are able to resume low impact exercise.

What is the long-term impact of ankle arthroscopy?

The swelling in your foot and ankle following your operation will disappear within three months of your surgery. Most people are able to return to their normal sporting activities several months after their operation.

Why might I need a Knee arthroscopy?

If you are suffering from knee pain ,there could be many reasons and your orthopaedic consultant, once he has examined your knee will make a decision whether there is meniscal or ligamentous injury or any other soft tissue injury , he may advise you arthroscopy of the knee so that your knee problem can be resolved with this most modern and minimally invasive technique.

What does Knee arthroscopy involve?

Arthroscopy is usually a day case procedure. Procedures performed using arthroscopy include:

  •  Knee Washout & debridement of knee joint for various purposes
  • Meniscal injury treatments by trimming and shaving of meniscus or Meniscal repair
  • Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic biopsy of required tissues in knee joint

 

  • Benefits include:
    • Less scarring
    • Quicker healing with reduced risk of infection
    • Less time in hospital
    • Quicker rehabilitation
    • Better results for all procedures

Surgery always carries some risk, including blood vessel or nerve damage, but the advantages outweigh the risks and and these risks are minimized over all in arthroscopic surgery compared to any open surgery.

Attending a pre-assessment screening is good way of maximising the benefits of your surgery.

At your screening, you’ll have your blood tested to assess your Vitamin D levels; swabs will be taken to check for infection or other issues; you’ll be weighed and have a chance to talk through your medical history, to highlight any potential anaesthetics issues.

It is highly recommended that you stop smoking at least eight weeks before surgery because smoking affects your ability to heal and leads to health issues, such as greater risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots forming in the lungs) or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the calf).

How long does it take to recover?

After your surgery, your knee will be bandaged, and these bandages remain on for two to three days. You will be shown how to walk using crutches (in some cases) and will be given a special advise to aid to your recovery. Most patients are able to go home on the same day as their operation.

First few days are essential and once that time has passed, your pain levels should have reduced greatly, and you can start walking short distances, for example to a car. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work during the second week, however if it involves heavy manual labour you will need to wait a month after your surgery before you can resume work.

Once your wound has completely dried up and healed, you can go swimming and apply moisturiser to the wound (two small holes on each side of knee) itself to reduce scarring. Around three to four weeks after your surgery, patients are able to resume low impact exercise.

What is the long-term impact of Knee arthroscopy?

The swelling in your knee following your operation will disappear within three to four weeks of your surgery. Most people are able to return to their normal sporting activities several months after their operation.