Ankle joint arthroscopy is often used in the early stages of arthritis flare ups. An arthroscopy is performed by using tiny instruments and cameras to inspect the ankle joint for damage or inflammation. If damage or inflammation is found it is removed and the joint surface is cleaned.
Arthrodesis, also known as “joint fusion”, is a surgical procedure in which the bones of the ankle joint are connected into one continuous bone. The procedure results in more stability and is traditionally very successful in relieving pain. This procedure is commonly done for those patients whose pain has not been relieved by other measures or procedures.
Total ankle replacement is similar to the more commonly known hip or knee replacement in which the surgeon uses an implant to replace the damaged joint. Because the Wright Medical Inbone™ implant for total ankle replacement is less invasive, more of the surrounding bone is preserved. Mobility is improved and pain relieved, as well as the stress being reduced on adjacent joints.