Your Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend an ankle arthroscopy for some patients needing ankle pain treatment. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used to evaluate (“scope”) or to treat a variety of ankle conditions, including cartilage damage, bone spurs, loose debris or scar tissue, and posterior ankle pain. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a camera to access the ankle joint and small surgical tools to address the problem through small incisions placed in specific locations to minimize the potential for injury to surrounding nerves, blood vessels, and tendons. The length of the ankle arthroscopy procedure depends on what your surgeon needs to accomplish. Post-operative care depends on what procedure is performed at the time of surgery. Because the ankle joint does not have to be opened fully during an arthroscopy, there is generally a quicker recovery time, less scarring, and fewer complications when compared to traditional open surgery.