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If you sprain or fracture your ankle and conservative treatments don’t provide relief, consider ankle arthroscopy. At C D Orthopedics, PC, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Christopher Durant, MD, provides ankle arthroscopy to adults on an outpatient basis. This quick, virtually pain-free procedure can determine the source of your discomfort and make repairs. To make an appointment at the practice in Brentwood, New York, call the office or schedule online today.
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses specialized surgical instruments to diagnose and treat diseases or injuries that affect your ankle. It’s a safe outpatient procedure that allows Dr. Durant to make repairs without making large incisions in your skin or surrounding tissue.
Dr. Durant uses ankle arthroscopy to diagnose and treat various ankle-related health problems, including:
You might also benefit from ankle arthroscopy if you have arthritis, a chronic degenerative illness that causes your cartilage to break down and wear away.
Before recommending ankle arthroscopy, Dr. Durant conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started, their severity, and if any activities like exercise make them worse.
During your consultation, let Dr. Durant know if you take any prescription medication, vitamins, or supplements. Also, inform him if you’re living with a chronic underlying condition like heart disease or diabetes. These issues won’t necessarily keep you from undergoing arthroscopy, but they may increase the risk of complications.
Depending on your medical history, Dr. Durant might ask you to take blood thinners before your procedure. On the day of your operation, arrive on time and wear loose, comfortable clothing. When you arrive, you’ll change into a hospital gown and be moved to the operating suite.
Ankle arthroscopy is an outpatient surgery that typically takes an hour or less. Before starting the procedure, Dr. Durant administers a local or general anesthetic to ensure your comfort. When the anesthesia sets in, he carefully inserts an arthroscope –– a skinny tube with a camera and light on the end -– into a small incision near your ankle.
The camera provides real-time images of your ankle that display on a video monitor in the operating suite. Dr. Durant uses the arthroscope to inspect all areas of your joint, including the bones, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. He repairs any damaged tissue with small, specialized tools and then carefully closes up the incisions.
At the end of the surgery, Dr. Durant wraps your ankle, writes you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics, and provides care instructions.
To learn more about ankle arthroscopy, make an appointment at C D Orthopedics, PC, by calling the office, or scheduling online today.