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Ankle Arthrotomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about ankle arthrotomy?

Ankle arthrotomy is surgery to make an opening into the ankle joint. This allows your surgeon to see into the ankle joint directly. He or she may use this surgery to examine, drain, clean, or repair your ankle joint.

Heel, toes, ankle

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of ankle arthrotomy?

You may develop a serious joint infection called septic arthritis. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot. Nerves in your ankle may be damaged. You may have chronic joint stiffness or pain. Scar tissue may form, or you may develop a contracture (shortening) of your ankle ligaments. You may not be able to move your ankle as well as you could before surgery.

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