Arthroscopy Specialist

Ankle and Foot Center of Florida

Aldo M. Gonzalez, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL & Jupiter, FL

An arthroscopy is the most advanced way to perform orthopedic procedures in the most minimally invasive way possible. With his background in trauma and surgical care, Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, of Ankle and Foot Center of Florida is an experienced podiatrist with expertise in arthroscopic procedures for all ailments that affect the foot and ankle. Find out more by booking an arthroscopy evaluation at their clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida today online or by calling the office.

Arthroscopy Q & A

Why do I need an arthroscopy? 

An arthroscopy can be used for a variety of podiatric procedures. Your foot and ankle surgeon could recommend an arthroscopy to correct or repair:

  • Arthritic damage
  • Ankle or foot fractures
  • Loose cartilage or bone fragments
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve compression)
  • Inflammation of the protective lining in your ankle joint (synovitis)
  • Torn or ruptured tendons or ligaments, as with severe ankle sprains

An arthroscopy is beneficial for diagnostic purposes, too. For instance, if you’re experiencing pain or inflammation in your ankle joint, but X-ray, CT, or MRI imaging aren’t helping with a clear diagnosis, your podiatrist can perform an arthroscopic procedure to get to the root of your condition. 

In some cases, they can even make minor repairs during a diagnostic arthroscopy, so you only need to undergo a single procedure. 

What are the benefits of an arthroscopy?

An arthroscopy involves making just a few small incisions and inserting the small scope with a camera at the end (the arthroscope). Dr. Gonzalez inserts thin surgical tools into surrounding incisions and makes repairs by viewing a monitor, which receives a live feed from the arthroscope.

This minimally invasive approach to surgery is beneficial because it results in:

  • Less postoperative pain, since fewer internal structures need to be moved or cut
  • Reduced risk of surgical error
  • Reduced risk of bleeding
  • Faster recovery

As a highly skilled foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Gonzalez can perform most procedures using arthroscopic technology, rather than performing a traditional open surgery. 

How long is the recovery after an arthroscopy?

Dr. Gonzalez performs most arthroscopic procedures on an outpatient basis, so you can go home shortly after your procedure. He then bandages your surgical site and may place you in a splint or boot to keep your ankle joint stable.

You likely will need crutches or a walker to help you get around and to minimize the weight you put on your treated ankle for at least a week or two. Once your surgical wounds heal, typically within a couple of weeks, Dr. Gonzalez may have you get started on physical therapy sessions several times per week for a few months.

Full recovery from an arthroscopy can be as little as four weeks for a minor or diagnostic procedure, or as long as three to six months for more complex repairs or tissue grafts. Ankle and Foot Center of Florida cares for you every step of the way to ensure your arthroscopy recovery is as fast and painless as possible. 

You can book your arthroscopy evaluation at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida directly through the website or over the phone with a team member.