DIAGNOSTIC ANKLE ARTHROSCOPY
Diagnostic ankle arthroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose problems inside the ankle joint. A special instrument with a miniature camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into small incisions to see inside the joint. This allows your surgeon to visualize the complex structures of your ankle under magnification without making large, open incisions.
Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
3. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
4. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after the procedure? When should they be removed?
5. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
6. When can I bear full weight on my ankle after the procedure?
7. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
8. Will I need to come back for appointments after the surgery?