Arthroscopic Ankle Arthrodesis
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery have received significant attention in the lay press as well as in scientific meetings. Often patients will ask whether such a “minimalistic” approach is available for treatment of their specific problem. While ankle fusion has long been treated via an open approach with generally excellent results,1,2 there has been a push to perform this procedure through smaller incisions. While the extended lateral approach to the ankle has been the norm in the past, we have seen the evolution of the “mini-open” procedure as a technique used in a significant proportion of these procedures today.3 Following this line of thinking, the arthroscopic approach has been used in performing arthro-desis procedures of the ankle and foot. However, with the use of these novel techniques, it is incumbent on us, as the treating physicians, to ensure surgical results that equate or surpass these historical results.
KeywordsAnkle Joint Arthroscopic Approach Ankle Fusion Arthroscopic Group Posterolateral Portal
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