In some cases, it can be difficult to definitively determine what’s wrong with your foot or ankle after a physical examination and diagnostic imaging, and you may need an arthroscopy, which is a surgical diagnostic procedure. The experienced team at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers in Columbus and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, which includes David Kaplansky, DPM and Anthony Cozzolino, DPM, can conduct an arthroscopy with care and ease, and even make repairs if needed. For an evaluation, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
An arthroscopy is a special orthopedic procedure that allows your specialist at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers to visualize, diagnose, and treat the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, or muscles in your foot or ankle.
During the procedure, your specialist makes a small incision and inserts a surgical camera that captures real-time images of your tissue. Your specialist uses the information obtained from your arthroscopy to devise a treatment plan to improve your foot or ankle concern, which may include surgical repair at the time of the arthroscopy.
You may need an arthroscopy to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. When you come in for care at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers, your specialist conducts a thorough examination to find the underlying cause of your health concern or issue. During the examination, your specialist looks at your foot or ankle and may also conduct diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI to identify the underlying cause.
In some instances, your specialist may recommend an arthroscopy, which can provide the most accurate diagnosis. They might also recommend an arthroscopy to treat old injuries, such as an ankle fracture or poorly healed sprain, or the early stages of arthritis. During an arthroscopy, your specialist “cleans out” your joint, which can provide significant relief from pain and swelling.
Your arthroscopic procedure is a minimally invasive surgery and is conducted under anesthesia to minimize discomfort. First, a small incision is made for the camera so your specialist can evaluate your bones and tissue. Then, if repairs are needed, another incision is made and surgical instruments are inserted to repair any damaged or diseased tissue.
After your arthroscopy, your specialist closes your incisions and you’re sent to a recovery area until you’re ready to go home. Your specialist provides specific instructions on care and activity based on the type of procedure you had and the results, and when to follow-up for additional podiatric management.
An arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows your specialist to not only definitively determine what’s going on with your foot or ankle, but make repairs as well. For expert surgical care of your foot or ankle, call Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers or schedule an appointment online today.