How Ankle Arthroscopy Can Help With Ankle Pain
Ankle arthroscopy, or ankle scope, is a minimally invasive surgical technique utilizing a small camera (scope) to look inside the ankle joint. A small stab incision, less than 1 cm, is used to introduce the scope into the ankle joint allowing direct visualization to diagnose pathology that is not visible on xray, CT or MRI. Additionally, small instruments can be placed into the joint to treat sources of pain, such as synovitis and osteochondral lesions, by cleaning out inflamed tissue (debridement). Diagnosis and treatment can be done in one setting.