Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle arthroscopy is a form of keyhole surgery that can be used to investigate and treat pain and problems within the ankle joint. The inside of the joint is inspected using a tiny camera, which is inserted through small cuts in the skin. The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s specialist surgeons can perform procedures to ease pain and restore mobility. Detailed information on the ankle can also be obtained enabling a personalised treatment plan to be developed.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s world-leading orthopaedic surgeons are experts in arthroscopy. They operate in state-of-the-art operating theatres equipped with the very latest technology. Following surgery, the multidisciplinary team will monitor your progress and support you to quickly get back on your feet.

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is used to investigate and treat injuries and abnormalities in the ankle joint. Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive or ‘keyhole’ form of surgery. It is an innovative way of examining the ankle and performing surgical procedures through tiny incisions.

In the expert hands of The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s experienced surgeons, ankle arthroscopy causes less scarring, fewer risks, less post-operative pain and significantly improved recovery time, compared to open ankle operations.

What happens in ankle arthroscopy?

At The London Orthopaedic Clinic, ankle arthroscopy is usually performed as a day case under general anaesthetic.

Small incisions are made in the skin over the ankle and a fine telescope attached to a camera is inserted. The device relays images to a computer screen, allowing the specialist surgeon to carefully check for problems in the ankle joint.

Arthroscopy is useful for the diagnosis of ankle problems, but a number of procedures can also be performed through the arthroscope. Cartilage tears can be repaired, damaged tissue can be trimmed and loose fragments of cartilage or bone can be removed, to improve symptoms.

The ankle is then cleaned, the incisions are stitched and the ankle is dressed and bandaged.

Complications of ankle arthroscopy

All surgery carries risks. The expert surgeons and staff at The London Orthopaedic Clinic work to minimise complications and support a healthy and safe recovery.

Complications are very uncommon following ankle arthroscopy but could include: infection, bleeding, injury to nerves and ongoing stiffness and pain.

Before your operation, your orthopaedic consultant will discuss any potential problems, explain the careful measures that London Orthopaedic Clinic takes to minimise risk and take time to answer any of your concerns.


Recovery from ankle arthroscopy

Recovery following arthroscopy will depend on the procedures performed. Your specialist surgeon will provide personalised advice on rest and recovery and guidance on when it’s safe to return to normal activities.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s dedicated rehabilitation team will teach you to move using crutches, advise you on safe weight-bearing and support you to get you back on your feet.

Ice packs and over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help ease pain and swelling. The Clinic’s staff will provide alternative analgesia if you are unable to tolerate these. Resting, keeping your leg elevated and performing gentle ankle exercises will help reduce pain, decrease swelling and maintain mobility.

The consultant's team will arrange follow up at The London Orthopaedic Clinic 2 weeks after the operation. However, the staff are always on hand for support and guidance, at any time.


Why choose the London Orthopaedic Clinic?

The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides high-quality, expert orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care, tailored to the individual needs of our patients. The Clinic is based at Mayo Clinic Healthcare, at the heart of London’s internationally renowned Harley Street medical district. The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, management and personalised care.

The expert multi-disciplinary team includes more than 25 leading orthopaedic surgeons, pain management consultants, rheumatologists, allied specialists and radiologists. They work together to reduce pain, improve movement and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers patients something truly unique: access to world-leading experts, high-tech imaging and the latest innovative treatments, together with the feeling of trust and safety of a small family practice.

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Arthroscopy at The London Orthopaedic Clinic may be covered by your health insurance policy. Competitive packages are also available for patients who are self-paying. Contact a member of our friendly team on 020 7186 1000 or at to find out more.