Arthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that can be used to diagnose and treat problems in the joints. The word “arthroscopy” comes from two Greek words: “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). Arthroscopic surgery is also sometimes called “keyhole surgery” or “minimally invasive surgery.”
Arthroscopy of the foot and ankle is a procedure that involves insertion of a small camera, called an arthroscope, into the joint through a small incision. The arthroscope is connected to a television monitor, which allows the surgeon to see the inside of the joint.
Small surgical instruments can also be inserted through other small incisions to treat problems such as removal of bone chips or repair of torn ligaments.
Indications for Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery may be recommended for patients with the following conditions:
• Cartilage injuries
• Ankle ligament tears
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that has not responded to conservative measures such as medication, activity modification, or physical therapy, you may be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery. If you think you may be a candidate for this procedure, please consult with your Podiatrist.
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