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Ankle Arthroscopy at NJ Spine and Wellness

A guide to understanding your foot and ankle pain and how ankle arthroscopy can provide you pain-free function and mobility restoration.

Ankle arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of ankle conditions and relieve the chronic pain frequently associated with them. Ankle arthroscopy is often successful in treating:

  • Ankle sprains and repetitive ankle injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Synovitis
  • Loose bodies 
  • Scar Tissue
  • Fractures
  • Ankle pain

Understanding Arthroscopy

Performed in an outpatient setting, minimally invasive ankle arthroscopy utilizes fiberoptic video technology to directly visualize the inside of an ankle through small, 0.5 centimeter, incisions. Using this state of the art technology, magnifying lenses and digital video monitors, Dr. Saymeh will be able to identify foot and ankle problems without large cosmetically unsightly scars. 

What is recovery like?

While the small incisions take several days to heal, the pain in the joint is minimal but may take several weeks to maximally recover. Dr. Saymeh and the conservative care team will develop a customized rehabilitation plan for you to follow. This will depend on the joint that was worked on, the degree and severity of your injury or condition, and your current health status.

How do I know foot and ankle arthroscopy is right for me?

If your injury is left untreated, progressed pain and discomfort can be anticipated. When wearing shoes is challenging or you have difficulty performing daily activities, MIS treatment is highly recommended.

When Can I Expect to Return to Work/Sports?

This will be determined by the type of procedure you undergo and Dr. Saymeh’s evaluation of your progress.  Most patients return to normal activity within 2-4 weeks. Consult Dr. Saymeh on your lifestyle and performance desires to determine the best care plan for you.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Ankle Arthroscopy

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring and scar tissue
  • Little to no use of cast or crutches
  • Most patients walk out after surgery
  • Eliminates joint stiffness
  • Lessened chance of nerve damage
  • Little to no use of post-operative opioids 
  • Fast wound healing and recovery
  • Earlier return to activity

About Dr. Ammar Saymeh

Dr. Ammar Saymeh serves as the Director of Foot and Ankle Services at NJ Spine and Wellness. Licensed to practice in New Jersey, Dr. Saymeh is board-qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He is also certified in Arthrex MIS Course Level III and the ProStep Minimally Invasive System by Wright Medical in techniques for both forefoot and rearfoot minimally invasive procedures. 

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