ARTHROSCOPIC TREATMENT OF ANTERIOR IMPINGEMENT IN THE ANKLE
Background. Anterior soft tissue impingement is a common cause of chronic pain in the ankle. The preferred method of operative treatment is an arthroscopic excision of hypertrophic fibrous and synovial tissue in the anterior part of the ankle joint.
Methods. We present the results of arthroscopic treatment of anterior ankle impingement in group of 14 patients.
Results. Subjective improvement after the procedure was observed in all patients and 13 of them (93%) were without any symptoms after the operation. One patient reported of intermittent pain, especially when walking on uneven grounds.
Conclusions. We conclude that arthroscopic excision of hypertrophic synovial tissue in the anterior part of the ankle which causes the symptoms of impingement is a minimally invasive procedure that is both safe and reliable. When used for appropriate indications, an improvement can be expected in over 90% of patients.
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