Operative Approaches to Ankle and Hindfoot Arthroscopy

Foot Ankle Orthop. 2020 Jan 14;5(1):2473011419894968. doi: 10.1177/2473011419894968. eCollection 2020 Jan.


The role of arthroscopy in the management of ankle and hindfoot pathology management has increased greatly in recent years with the potential for lower complication rates, faster recovery, improved access, and improved outcomes when compared to open techniques. Procedural variations exist as techniques aim to optimize lesion access, decrease operative time, and improve patient safety. Our goal is to summarize the described approaches and patient positionings common in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for anterior, lateral, and posterior ankle pathologies. A survey of pathology organized by arthroscopic approach and a review of recent advances in concomitant lesion management may be useful when planning arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery.

Level of evidence: Level V, expert opinion.

Keywords: ankle disorders; approach; arthroscopy; hindfoot disorders; positioning; tendon disorders.

Publication types

  • Review