Arthroscopic foot joint replacement removes damaged cartilage and bone in the foot and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability. 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:
- Minimally invasive foot joint replacement
- Minimally invasive foot joint arthroplasty
- Ankle arthroplasty
- Foot arthroplasty
Conditions Treated with Arthroscopic Foot Joint Replacement:
Arthroscopic foot joint replacement is used to treat foot injuries, foot pain, and various types of foot arthritis.
Non-surgical alternatives that may be used prior to arthroscopic foot joint replacement include pain medication, physical therapy and steroid injections. Other surgical options to the procedure can include complete foot joint replacement and foot fusion.
Anesthesia with Arthroscopic Foot Joint Replacement:
Arthroscopic foot joint replacement is typically performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arthroscopic Foot Joint Replacement:
Some patients can experience bleeding, infection, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other complications of arthroscopic foot joint replacement can include dislocation of the artificial parts and improper positioning of the artificial joint. It is also possible to not experience an improvement in mobility following the procedure.