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If you need a Arthroscopic Ankle Cartilage Repair, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is An Arthroscopic Ankle Cartilage Repair?

Arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to treat damaged or injured cartilage within the ankle joint. The procedure involves the use of an arthroscope, which is a small camera inserted into the joint through tiny incisions, allowing the surgeon to visualize and treat the problem.

Cartilage is a tough, flexible tissue that covers the ends of bones within joints and provides a smooth, gliding surface, allowing for pain-free movement. When cartilage in the ankle is damaged due to injury, wear and tear, or certain medical conditions, it can lead to pain, swelling, and limited joint function.

The arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Anesthesia: The patient is given either general anesthesia (putting them to sleep) or regional anesthesia (numbing the lower body) to ensure a pain-free surgical experience.
  2. Arthroscopic examination: Small incisions are made around the ankle joint, and the arthroscope is inserted through one of the incisions. The camera allows the surgeon to assess the extent and location of the cartilage damage.
  3. Cartilage repair: Depending on the size and location of the cartilage defect, the surgeon may use various techniques to repair the damaged cartilage. Some of the common methods include:
    • Microfracture: Tiny holes are made in the bone beneath the damaged cartilage to stimulate the growth of new cartilage cells.
    • Osteochondral autograft or allograft transplantation: Healthy cartilage tissue is taken from another part of the joint (autograft) or a donor (allograft) and transplanted to the damaged area.
    • Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI): Cartilage cells are harvested from the patient’s own joint, cultured in a lab to increase their number, and then implanted into the damaged area.
  4. Closure and recovery: After the cartilage repair is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches or surgical tape. The ankle may be placed in a splint or cast to protect it during the initial healing phase.

Post-surgery, a period of rehabilitation and physical therapy is essential to aid in the recovery process and to strengthen the ankle joint. This helps improve the success of the cartilage repair and enhances the overall function of the joint.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair, including infection, blood clots, and continued joint pain. The success of the procedure depends on several factors, including the extent of the cartilage damage, the patient’s overall health, and adherence to post-operative rehabilitation protocols. It is essential to have a thorough discussion with an orthopedic surgeon to determine if arthroscopic ankle cartilage repair is the right option for an individual’s specific condition.


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