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Foot and Anckle:

Ankle arthroscopy

Minimally invasive surgery for diagnosis of ankle problems

It is a minimally invasive surgery that provides means for the exploration, diagnosis and to obtain therapeutic measures within the joints that form the ankle.

The surgery is performed between two and three incisions in the skin of about 6mm (2 and half inches). Through them, we introduce a camera and some small tools with which we can see, assess and work on the ankle joint, minimally damaging surrounding tissue.

Here, any surgical procedure is always preceded by a clinical examination, X-ray, and sometimes a full Imaging test, done by a specialist.

These let us to identify the following ailments:

  1. Removal of swollen tissue caused by multiple ankle sprains.

  2. Removal of loose bone or cartilage fragments in the joint caused by trauma or chronic wear.

  3. Ankle fractures.

  4. Haglund disease or excessive growth of the posterior border of the calcaneus, which causes friction with the shoe.

  5. Peroneal muscle pain, that occurs most often in people standing long periods of time.

  6. Back bone conflict, which occurs in dancers or people who wear high heels. This is caused by compression of the talus bone, which is between the tibia and the calcaneus.

  7. Flexor Hallucis Longus tendinopathy. It shows as pain in the big toe while standing on the toes, or while walking on a slope. It occurs in dancers or people who wear high-heeled shoes.

  8. Peroneal tendinopathy. It shows as pain on the lateral side of the ankle. It occurs mainly in athletes or people with significant physical activity.

By the time of surgery, the material we use consists of a 4.5mm diameter camera connected to a monitor through an optical fiber, razors and special tweezers to work within the joint.