Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
Arthroscopic ankle surgery can be expressed as a surgical procedure used to treat some ankle problems. Ankle arthroscopy uses modern medical techniques and advanced medical technologies. The use of arthroscopic techniques compared to traditional methods has advantages such as low side effects, minimal risk of complications and fast recovery. Thanks to closed applications, the quality of life of the patients does not decrease much and the return to everyday life is faster.
Arthroscopic ankle surgery is actively used in ankle compression, unstable ankle problems, inflammatory conditions, lateral ligament deformities, various fractures, osteochondral problems and calcification problems. Arthroscopic ankle applications can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of painful complaints, the cause of which cannot be determined by any other method.
Since the ankle joint is the point connecting the foot and leg sections, it is one of the joint areas that are used quite often. It plays an active role in many of the movements people perform during their mobilization. As the simplest example, walking is an act in which the ankle joint is actively used. Therefore it is one of the joint areas with the highest function in daily activities. Ankles can encounter a host of problems with inverted standing, reverse movements, accidents, trauma, and sudden blows. At the same time, problems can arise in the ankle joint with the deformities caused by aging over the years. Surgical options are often used in the treatment of ankle problems, and at this point arthroscopic techniques are much more preferred than traditional methods.
What is Arthroscopy?
Unlike traditional methods, arthroscopy applications allow surgical procedures to be performed through a few small incisions instead of large incisions. It is possible to benefit from arthroscopic surgery in areas such as knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle, especially in the context of orthopaedics and traumatology. In addition to the high success rate, this method is notable for its rapid recovery and low risk of complications.
In arthroscopy operations, different incisions are made depending on the area of application and arthroscopic aids are sent through the open holes. The surgical process performed with imaging ends in a closed fashion, and the operating physician carries out the treatment with the device submitted during this process.
What should be considered before arthroscopic ankle surgery?
Before arthroscopic ankle surgery, it is imperative to have a successful diagnosis process. In the process following the physical examination, the exchange of information must be fully assured and the current problem must be clearly identified as a result of additional investigations. Arthroscopy surgery is just one step in the treatment program planned to cure or manage the problem.
In arthroscopic ankle surgery, local, general, or anesthetic types that numb the lower part of the body may be preferred. Before arthroscopic ankle surgery, your doctor may request that some medications be stopped. The doctor can individually request special measures.
How is arthroscopic ankle surgery performed?
In arthroscopic ankle surgery, small incisions are made in the ankle. Guided by imaging, the ankle is entered through these incisions and surgery begins. Arthroscopic devices that have a camera and light system at the end deliver the treatment needed for the problem the patient is experiencing. All equipment needed for surgery is delivered to the surgery area through small incisions. To allow arthroscopic devices to move in more comfortably, the area is expanded with sterile fluids. After the required treatment is completed, small incisions are closed with stitches and the surgery is terminated.
What should be considered after arthroscopic ankle surgery?
After the arthroscopic ankle surgery, the treatment process continues because physiotherapy and rehabilitation studies to be performed after surgery are very important. Since our ability to move directly, our activities such as walking and running, take place in the ankle joint, it is very important to heal this area completely. When recovery is achieved after the surgical process, the patient should begin exercises without wasting time. It is very important to bring the ankle and the surrounding muscle group back to their old strength with physiotherapy and rehabilitation studies. In the first period, keeping the ankle elevated and applying ice are very important for patient comfort.