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An Overview on Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a popular surgical procedure that allows Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic ankle surgeon serving the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities, a clear and precise view of the ankle joint to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ankle injuries and conditions. Arthroscopic ankle surgery involves the use of a tiny camera, commonly known as an arthroscope, along with special arthroscopic instruments to repair injured ligaments, cartilage, tendons and other structures within the joint. The majority of patients can expect a quicker return to activities with less pain following this minimally invasive technique compared to traditional open surgery.

Dr. Yau commonly performs arthroscopic ankle surgery to treat the following conditions:

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Recovery and Rehabilitation Following Ankle Arthroscopy

Almost all ankle arthroscopy procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local, regional or general anesthesia. Even though recovery is much quicker with a minimally invasive approach compared to an open surgery, patients should still expect to take several weeks to recover and to allow for healing. It is critical all patients follow Dr. Yau’s rehabilitation guidelines after surgery.

Patients will experience pain, swelling and general discomfort in the repaired joint following arthroscopic ankle surgery. The use of ice packs, prescribed pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) will help alleviate the level of discomfort during the healing process.

A physical therapy rehabilitation program will likely be initiated following surgery to prevent stiffness and allow for early recovery of ankle strength and function. The rehabilitation program must be followed precisely for it is critical to a successful outcome.

Ankle Arthroscopy Recovery Time

Many patients will be able to return to full activities following a minimally invasive arthroscopic ankle surgery. The exact recovery time depends on injury severity and procedure performed.

To learn more about arthroscopic ankle surgery, or to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy, please contact Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic ankle surgeon in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.

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