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Ankle Synovectomy

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Ankle Synovectomy

What is Ankle Synovectomy?

During ankle synovectomy, inflamed membrane that lines the joint is removed.

Also Known As:

  • Ankle surgery
  • Ankle membrane surgery

Conditions Treated with Ankle Synovectomy:

Ankle synovectomy is utilized to treat hemophilia, synovitis and pigmented villondular synovitis, as well as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the ankle.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Ankle Synovectomy:

Non-surgical alternatives to ankle synovectomy include pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Ankle replacement, ankle fusion and an arthroscopic ankle synovectomy are surgical alternatives.

Anesthesia with Ankle Synovectomy:

Ankle synovectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Ankle Synovectomy:

Possible risks following ankle synovectomy include bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience joint scarring and reduced mobility in the ankle.

Prognosis after Ankle Synovectomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following ankle synovectomy is good. However, the synovium will likely become inflamed in the future. 

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