Ankle Scope | Arthroscopy | Nucleus Health


An ankle scope procedure, also known as ankle
arthroscopy, can be used to treat conditions that cause pain or decreased flexibility of
the ankle joint. The ankle is the joint that connects the leg and the foot. The ankle joint
includes the two lower leg bones, called the tibia and the fibula, and the ankle bone,
called the talus. Together the ends of the tibia and the fibula create a mortis, or a
slot, for the talus. Tissues called ligaments and tendons support the ankle bones. Ligaments
attach bones to bones and tendons attach muscles to bones. The ankle joint allows the foot
to move up and down. Articular cartilage on the ends of bones is a smooth gliding covering
that allows fluid joint movement. A variety of conditions can cause pain or decreased
flexibility of the ankle joint. Abnormal bone growths, called bone spurs, may have formed,
impinging on the ankle joint as it moves. Ligaments may be damaged, either from overuse
or from ankle injuries, such sprains. Old ankle injuries may stretch the ligaments,
allowing abnormal movement of the ankle joint. This can lead to more rapid degenerative changes
in the joint. Cartilage may be damaged or worn thin due to prior ankle injury or osteoarthritis.
Small pieces of cartilage may have detached from the underlying bone and may be floating
in the joint. The joint space may be infected, usually from bacteria. To treat these and
other conditions, a surgeon may perform an ankle scope. The surgeon will begin by making
several tiny incisions, or portals, in the ankle. A small tube called a cannula will
be placed into one of the incisions. A scope will be passed through the cannula to allow
the surgeon to see inside the joint area. The scope contains a tiny camera that will
project the image of the ankle joint onto a TV monitor for the surgeon to watch. A sterile
saline solution will be pumped through the scoped cannula, to expand the area so the
surgeon can see better and have more area in which to work. The surgeon will insert
surgical instruments into the other incision to do one or more of the following treatments.
A bone spur will be removed or burred down. Excess tissue will be removed from a thick
scarred ligament. Loose pieces of cartilage floating in the joint will be removed. Infection
in the ankle joint will be cleaned out by washing the joint with fluid. If a person
has damaged cartilage or bone from arthritis, ankle fusion will be performed. During an
ankle fusion damaged cartilage and bone will be removed. The bones will be attached to
each other with screws. This will lock the ankle joint in one position while other joints
in the foot will continue to allow limited movement. Once the treatment is finished the
sterile saline will be drilled out of the joint, the instruments will be removed, and
the incisions will be closed with stitches.

48 thoughts on “Ankle Scope | Arthroscopy | Nucleus Health”

  1. These are excellent not so much because of what he says but because of how he says it. Completely unperturbed regardless of how disturbing the subject matter may be.

    –"Your surgeon will then remove your brain, place it in a sterile jar and carefully fill your now-empty cranium with a marshmallow crème specifically prepared for this application."

    Pt: "Sounds perfect! Deliciously perfect! Hand me that gummi worm. I'm gonna sign my consent form with it!" 🍬🍭🍬

  2. I have JIA (Juvenile Arthritis) and I am currently experiencing ankle problems. I have had X-rays and MRI scans done and they should that I have little cartilage left in my ankle causing it to be painful to walk on and it clicks when I move it. My doctor says that there is no arthritis in my ankle however I have had arthritis in it before. I was just wondering if you knew what could be the problem or a solution. (I'm not looking for a diagnosis, just a few ideas) thanks.

  3. Just got it done yesterday. it is not hurting but doc says no load bearing for 6 weeks and then slowly get to walk run in about 6 months. I'm a soccer player, played 3-4 times a week. Missing the pitch sucks but have to be patient to get back soon.

  4. Just had this done 4 days ago a long with a ton of other ankle procedures doctor said my ligament was so badly damaged that it just looked like it had been shredded into pieces I'm in a walking boot for the next 6 wks and can't bear any weight for 2 wks but it's interesting to see how the surgeon did all this!

  5. I have ankle ocd (had a trauma injury) and an injured atfl
    How good and successful is the surjey?
    Is it possible that my ankle will return to what it was?

  6. I have pain in my ankle since 4years ago due to jump… My ankle pain starts when I am walking on floor without cushion sleepers wearing, Plz suggested me to repair my ankle in India

  7. I have terrible dorsi flexion mobility in my ankle from a lower broken fibula and tibia. I never tore any ligaments or tendons but I have developed serious sacroiliac joint pain in my hip on that side. I am convinced it’s due to terrible ankle mobility and gate. What questions should I ask a specialist or arthroscopic surgeon? Thank you.

  8. just had mine!
    what should i do to help healing process?
    what shouldnt' i do to prevent complexity??

    i suffered for almost 3 years before surgery'did any one healed completely from ankle ocd?
    i am afraid of outcome

  9. I think this is what I have, and my ankle gets tight, almost immobile, locks up but the eventually releases. Sucks

  10. Sucks that arthritis has to get ankle fusion. How have we not figured out how to replace cartilage with synthetic material yet?

  11. I am a chipmunk who is suffering from a swollen ankle. Perhaps I should have my veterinarian look at my swollen ankle.

  12. I had this surgery in november due to a “dead spot” in my talus bone where parts of cartilage decayed and even some bone. Now i have what is similar to a half empty crater in my talus.

  13. Holy shit why does doctors like ankle fusion so much…
    Definitely going to stop toying around with my ankles, knees, and elbows

  14. Has anyone recovered fully from a ankle microfracture surgery? I want to know how long it will take to fully recover without feeling pain in the ankle.

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  16. I did this surgery like 2 weeks ago it doesnt hurt i didnt feel anything. I just wanted to see how they put the metal things

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