Keyhole Surgery (Arthroscopy)

There are a number of conditions around the foot and, more so the ankle, that can be treated by keyhole surgery.

The advantage of keyhole surgery over open surgery, is smaller scars, less soft tissue damage and swelling.

This enables a quicker recovery from the procedure and an early start to rehabilitation.

Using a camera to look inside the joint / tendon, can be used for essentially two purposes.

Diagnosis

This enables the surgeon to visualise structures directly.  Occasionally some problems are not picked up with scans, and therefore looking directly at the joint enables the surgeon to give the patient a clearer picture of what is going on.

 

TREATMENT

The vast majority of the time the diagnosis has been made before surgery and treatment is then performed either partly or completely by keyhole surgery.