Arthroscopy is a way to find problems and do surgery inside a joint without making a large cut (incision). Your doctor put a lighted tube with a tiny camera-called an arthroscope, or scope-and surgical tools through small incisions in your ankle.
You will feel tired for several days. Your ankle and leg will be swollen, and you may notice that your skin is a different colour near the cuts (incisions). This is normal and will start to go away in a few days. Keeping your leg higher than your heart will help the swelling and pain.
Your recovery will depend on what kind of surgery you had. You may have to limit your activity until your ankle strength and movement return to normal. You will also need to do regular physical rehabilitation (rehab) exercises.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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