Ankle Arthroscopy Specialist

AZ Choice Foot and Ankle

Christopher Suykerbuyk, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Gilbert, AZ

Ankle arthroscopy allows you to get the surgery you need with minimal pain and swelling. Arthroscopy also helps you heal faster, which means you get back in action sooner. As a specialist in ankle arthroscopy, Christopher Suykerbuyk, DPM, at AZ Choice Foot and Ankle in Gilbert, Arizona, has extensive experience repairing injured ligaments and cartilage, and other ankle problems. Whether you have an acute injury, chronic ankle instability, or ankle arthritis, ankle arthroscopy can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Ankle Arthroscopy Q&A

What is ankle arthroscopy?

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to examine, diagnose, and treat problems in your ankle. Dr. Suykerbuyk performs arthroscopy using instruments that fit through tiny incisions.

The primary instrument, called an arthroscope, comes equipped with a fiberoptic video camera and lighting. The camera sends magnified images from inside your joint to a monitor.

After examining the tissues inside your ankle, Dr. Suykerbuyk can immediately repair the problem if needed. He simply inserts instruments through the scope or a second incision.

What benefits do I gain from ankle arthroscopy?

Small incisions cause much less trauma compared to open surgery. That means you have less bleeding, a lower risk of infections, and reduced post-op pain. You also recover faster after arthroscopy.

What type of ankle arthroscopy might I need?

Dr. Suykerbuyk often performs arthroscopy for common ankle problems such as:

  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Torn ligaments
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Joint infections
  • Loose bodies
  • Synovitis
  • Osteochondral defects
  • Ankle impingement

You may also need a diagnostic ankle arthroscopy when a physical exam and diagnostic imaging fail to reveal the cause of your symptoms.

Does ankle arthroscopy incorporate specialized ligament care?

Patients with repeated ankle sprains develop weak, stretched ligaments. This condition, called chronic ankle instability, leads to recurrent ankle sprains even when you’re just walking or standing still.

Dr. Suykerbuyk has extensive experience treating damaged ligaments. During arthroscopic procedures, he often uses advanced options such as:

Artelon® ligament graft

Weak and torn ligaments seldom regain their pre-injury strength without reconstruction. Even with arthroscopic reconstruction, you get better results when Dr. Suykerbuyk uses Artelon biomaterials. They double the reconstruction strength, prevent tissue breakdown, improve ligament elasticity, and promote faster healing.

Arthrex® Brostrom Repair System

To treat chronic ankle instability, Dr. Suykerbuyk may recommend lateral ankle ligament repair using the Arthrex Brostrom Repair System. The Arthrex system allows him to fully reconstruct the ligament using minimally invasive arthroscopy.

What other procedures might I have with ankle arthroscopy?

Dr. Suykerbuyk performs a vast range of arthroscopic ankle procedures, including.

  • Cartilage repair
  • Joint debridement
  • Joint fusion
  • Bone grafting
  • Cartilage transplant
  • Removal of inflamed tissues

Dr. Suykerbuyk may also perform an arthroscopic-assisted fracture repair, a procedure that combines open surgery and minimally invasive techniques.

If you struggle with ongoing ankle pain or instability, call AZ Choice Foot and Ankle or schedule a consultation online today.