Arthroscopy of the Ankle or Foot

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which the inside of a joint is examined, such as an ankle, using a camera and instrumentation that are inserted through small incisions (called portals). This minimally invasive technique is useful in treating a number of different problems inside joint, including articular cartilage damage, impingement, and synovitis.

Compared to traditional open incisions, the advantages of arthroscopy include less bleeding, lower risk of infection, and quicker recovery. Typically two or three small portals will be used to perform the procedure. Additional procedures may be performed as necessary.

When the arthroscope is taken out, your incisions will be closed using sutures. A boot or splint will be applied.

You will be given a narcotic to help relieve your pain.

You’ll need to walk with crutches for a minimum of one week. Keep your dressing dry and clean.

After your bandage is removed at the first office visit, you may shower as usual. Wash the incision gently with soap and water.


There is a very low risk of causing bleeding, infection, or damage to superficial nerves of the skin. Dr. Carreira may review additional risks with you that are specific to your condition.