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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Foot and Ankle

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Arthroscopy and debridement

Ankle arthroscopy (also known as keyhole surgery) usually involves two small incisions of less than 1cm on either side of the ankle.

This procedure is normally done under general anaesthetic, but can be performed as day case surgery. Of course this will be dependent on your medical condition and other circumstances.

The physiotherapist will visit you on your return to the ward. You will be encouraged to exercise your ankle almost immediately by moving it up and down and from side to side but you will be advised by the physiotherapist on mobility and weight-bearing.

You should be back to walking shortly after the procedure, and providing you are allowed to weight-bear you should be able to drive after one week, although you will be advised on this. However, any return to sporting activity should not be undertaken within two weeks and even then, it would be wise to build up to a full return which should not take more than four weeks.

Please bear in mind that these estimated timescales will be dependent on your medical condition - please discuss fully with your physiotherapist.