Minimally invasive ankle surgery / ankle arthroscopy

Minimally invasive ankle surgery / ankle arthroscopy

Despite best imaging examinations possible (e.g., MRI, CT, X-ray), the functionality of single structures of the ankle can sometimes only be properly examined within a diagnostic ankle arthroscopy. Ankle injury or damage can also be treated surgically within the scope of the ankle arthroscopy.

Thanks to technical advancements of the last years, even highly complex surgery on the ankle can be performed minimally invasively.

Surgery on the ankle is generally carried out using a small camera, which enables the surgeon to evaluate the inside of the ankle on a monitor display. Through the very small incision, surgeons can perform surgery at the same time.

General advantages of minimally invasive ankle surgery and ankle arthroscopy

During arthroscopic ankle surgery, only small incisions of about 0.3-1 cm (~0.15-0.4 in) are necessary. Because of that, healthy tissue is not damaged, the risk of infections is reduced and the cosmetic results are more appealing. A minimally invasive surgery procedure like this is easy on the body and less painful.

Many procedures can be undergone as outpatient treatment.

Advantages of minimally invasive ankle surgery and ankle arthroscopy in short

  • minimally invasive
  • better cosmetic results
  • reduced risk of infections
  • short periods of hospitalization and recovers as well as quick return to work and sports activities
  • diagnostics and treatment are possible within the same procedure (arthroscopy)

Procedures and disorders/injuries

  • removal of arthroliths (joint mouse, loose bodies) and exostoses (e.g., Haglund´s deformity, os trigonum syndrome)
  • cartilage therapy in case of cartilage damage
  • loosening of scars/adhesions (arthrolysis)
  • ligament reconstruction in case of instability
  • arthroscopically assisted treatment of bone fractures
  • stabilization of syndesmosis

How is surgery performed?

Before ankle surgery, relevant orthoses are customized at our ward. Generally, general anesthesia is required for shoulder surgery. The surgery takes about 15 minutes to 1 hour. Most ankle surgeries are followed by a hospitalization of one to two days. Minor ankle surgery can also be undergone as outpatient treatment

Aftercare and rehabilitation minimally invasive ankle surgery / ankle arthroscopy

In case of a hospitalization, physiotherapy and rehabilitation measures are carried out in the evening of the surgery day or in the following morning. A close cooperation between surgeons, anesthetists, physiotherapists and nurses grants a quick recovery after surgery.

Before being discharged, patients receive a clear, organized scheme for the physician and physiotherapist who take care of them after ankle surgery.

Return to work after minimally invasive ankle surgery / ankle arthroscopy

How long you are not able to work after ankle surgery, depends on the specific type of surgery. Generally, it is about one to six weeks. Subject to your occupation, we will be glad to advise you on suitable measures of early re-integration.

Return to sports activities after minimally invasive ankle surgery / ankle arthroscopy

It depends on the kind of ankle surgery, injury and the individual condition of a person how long it lasts until sports activities can be resumed. Your surgeon has great experience in sports medicine and supports you in resuming your sports activity (return to play).

Within the scope of the sports medical movement analysis (Functional Movement Screen, Y Balance Test), we detect asymmetries and imbalances and help you avoid injury and improve your performance.

Safety and success rates

Every surgical procedure has a risk. This is why we talk to you extensively about the specific kind of ankle surgery you will undergo, general and individual risks and non-surgical options for you prior to surgery if they are promising.

Thorough examinations (ultrasound, X-raying, CT, MRI) at the highest level possible play a crucial role at Beta Klinik in making a valid diagnosis and choosing the individually suitable type of ankle surgery.

Minimally invasive arthroscopic ankle surgery, given a correct indication, has very high rates of success. Imperative for a long-lasting success are intensive aftercare and training in addition to the surgery procedure. The surgeons remove pain and create stability. The muscular stabilization has to be taken care of by the patients together with physiotherapists and coaches. The key to success is the close cooperation between medical staff and patients.