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.
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.