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Ankle Arthroscopy


Ankle arthroscopy is a procedure to look inside your ankle joint. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end. An arthroscopy can be used to remove, repair, or rebuild part of your ankle.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or orthopedist as directed:

You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Keep your bandage clean and dry. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


  • Elevate: Raise your ankle above the level of your heart as often as you can for 3 days. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your ankle on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
  • Support device: You may need a cast, brace, or splint on your ankle. This will help prevent movement so your ankle can heal. You may need to use crutches to help you move around.
  • Activity: Ask your healthcare provider what activity you can do as you recover from your procedure.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Contact your healthcare provider or orthopedist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have more pain in your ankle, even after you take pain medicines.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • Your splint or cast comes off.
  • You have trouble breathing.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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