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Ankle Surgery

The Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatric Medicine & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Lapeer, MI, Caro, MI, & Bay City, MI

When you need ankle surgery, it’s important to have the best surgeons who use the most advanced techniques. That’s why The Foot & Ankle Specialists is a leading ankle surgery provider in Lapeer, Caro, and Bay City, Michigan. The experienced podiatric surgery team performs minimally invasive ankle arthroscopic surgery using state-of-the-art methods. This ensures optimal ankle repair and a fast recovery. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online now.

Ankle Surgery Q & A

How are ankle problems diagnosed?

The Foot and Ankle Specialists team performs a comprehensive foot and ankle exam and uses technologically advanced digital X-Rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scans as needed to diagnose your specific ankle problem.

Describing your ankle symptoms in detail is also an important part of your diagnosis. Be sure to detail any ankle pain, instability (the feeling that your ankle's always about to give out), swelling, and other issues that aren’t currently obvious so The Foot and Ankle Specialists team can get a full picture of your problems and how ankle surgery may be a solution.

When do I need ankle surgery?

You may need ankle surgery because you're suffering from chronic ankle pain, ankle instability, ankle damage from arthritis, ankle damage from a sports injury, or for many other possible reasons. 

At The Foot and Ankle Specialists, the skilled team of board-certified podiatrists believes in collaborative care. They work with you to help you overcome ankle pain in the most straightforward and effective way, and never push you into care you don't need. If conservative, non-surgical care doesn't work for you, ankle surgery could be the ideal answer. 

What are the different kinds of ankle surgery?

Some of the many different kinds of ankle surgery include:

  • Ankle arthritis and synovitis 
  • Damaged cartilage removal
  • Tendon repair
  • Ligament repair
  • Scar tissue removal
  • Joint fusion
  • Tumor removal
  • Joint replacement

How does ankle arthroscopic surgery work?

In ankle arthroscopic surgery, you have two or more very small incisions in your ankle area. These incisions are the entry point for an arthroscope, a slim surgical tool with a miniature camera attached. 

Images from the camera help guide surgery using specialized instruments. Ankle arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive because the short incisions and small instruments cause minimal damage to your soft tissues and bone.

Ankle arthroscopic surgery typically takes place while you’re under IV sedation with local anesthesia, and it’s an outpatient procedure. 

What is the recovery like after ankle surgery?

Recovery time can vary, but in general, patients recover from minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery faster than traditional open surgery. Most patients are up and walking very quickly. If you need antibiotics, pain relievers, or other drugs after surgery, they’re available through electronic prescription.

As you recover, you typically have a cast, brace, walking boot, splint, or another form of ankle stabilization. The Foot and Ankle Specialists team has a durable medical equipment (DME) license so they can dispense necessary equipment for your ankle surgery. You may also need physical therapy to ensure you heal properly and regain the full function of your ankle.

For ankle surgery from the experts, call The Foot and Ankle Specialists, or use online booking now.