Arthroscopic ankle fusion joins the ankle joint together with screws in order to keep it in place and reduce pain. This procedure is performed with a minimally invasive method that utilizes an arthroscope (a narrow tube with a video camera on its end) inserted through small incisions in order to guide the surgeon through the procedure.
Also Known As:
- Arthroscopic joint fusion-ankle
- Arthroscopic ankle joint fusion
- Arthroscopic ankle arthrodesis
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic surgery
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion:
Arthroscopic ankle fusion is utilized in order to treat chronic sepsis, severe ankle pain, and an ankle injury, in addition to arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis of the ankle.
Non-surgical alternatives to arthroscopic ankle fusion include physical therapy, strength training, pain medication and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. Losing weight, wearing an ankle brace and using a walking aid are also alternatives. Ankle replacement is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion:
Arthroscopic ankle fusion can be performed under epidural anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion:
Possible risks following arthroscopic ankle fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience reduced mobility and for the bones to fail to grow together.
Prognosis after Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following ankle fusion is very good. In most cases, joint pain is relieved.
Recovery from Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion:
The total recovery time following arthroscopic ankle fusion is eight to 12 weeks.