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Private Ankle Arthroscopy Surgery

Ankle arthroscopy allows your surgeon to diagnose and potentially treat specific problems affecting your ankle joint.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 28th February 2024

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Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons offer private ankle arthroscopy.

Privately you will benefit from no waiting lists or long delays for an ankle arthroscopy at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

What can an Ankle arthroscopy help identify?

Ankle arthroscopy (also known as keyhole surgery) allows your surgeon to diagnose problems such as damage to the joint surface or ligaments, and arthritis.

Before considering surgery, it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with ankle arthroscopy.


Q. What is ankle arthroscopy, and how can it benefit me?

Answer. Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various ankle conditions. It involves inserting a small camera through tiny incisions to visualise and address issues such as joint inflammation, cartilage damage, or ligament injuries. The benefits include quicker recovery, less pain, and reduced scarring compared to traditional open surgery.

Q. How do I know if ankle arthroscopy is the right option for my specific ankle problem?

Answer. Your suitability for ankle arthroscopy will be determined through a thorough examination by one of our qualified orthopaedic surgeons. This may involve imaging tests and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and medical history. Not all ankle conditions are suitable for arthroscopy, and your surgeon will guide you towards the most appropriate treatment based on your individual case.

Q. What should I expect during the recovery period after ankle arthroscopy?

Answer. The recovery period varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Generally, you can expect some swelling and discomfort initially. Your surgeon will provide a detailed post-operative plan, which may include physiotherapy exercises to aid recovery. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks, but strenuous activities may be limited for a longer period.

Q. What are the potential risks and complications associated with ankle arthroscopy?

Answer. Like any surgical procedure, ankle arthroscopy carries some risks. These may include infection, blood clots, nerve damage, or incomplete resolution of symptoms. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during the pre-operative consultation, and measures will be taken to minimise the likelihood of complications.

Q. How long does an ankle arthroscopy procedure typically take, and will I need to stay overnight in the hospital?

Answer. The duration of the procedure varies depending on the complexity of the case, but it typically lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. Ankle arthroscopy is usually performed as a day case, meaning you can go home on the same day as the surgery. However, your surgeon will advise based on your specific situation.

Q. What type of anaesthesia will be used during an ankle arthroscopy?

Answer. Ankle arthroscopy is commonly performed under a combination of local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia. The choice depends on factors such as the complexity of the procedure and your medical history. Your anaesthetist will discuss the options with you before the surgery to ensure your comfort and safety.

Q. How much does ankle arthroscopy at Fairfield Independent Hospital cost, and what does the fee cover?

Answer. The cost of an ankle arthroscopy at Fairfield Independent Hospital may vary based on factors such as the specific procedure, surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees, and hospital charges. It is essential to obtain a detailed cost breakdown during your initial consultation, including any potential additional costs. Typically, the fee covers the surgical procedure, post-operative care, and follow-up appointments, but it’s crucial to clarify this with the hospital’s billing department.

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