Ankle Surgery

If you suffer from ankle problems and have painful, swollen or stiff ankles for seemingly no reason, then ankle surgery may be required. At the Specialist Foot & Ankle Group, we provide ankle arthroscopy for a range of patients and are experienced in performing this relatively new technique.

Dr. Slater will discuss everything with you beforehand if you decide to go ahead with this surgery and will ensure that you’re fully informed before any treatment commences.
Ankle arthroscopy is suitable for people with:
  • Unexplained pain
  • Swelling/stiffness
  • Instability or locking of the ankle
  • Articular Injuries 
  • (Chondral) soft tissue and bony impingement 
  • Arthrofibrosis 
  • Synovitis
  • Osteochondral lesions of the talus and plafond (joint damage)
What your ankle surgery will involve

During arthroscopic ankle surgery, Dr. Slater will use a tiny telescope to perform keyhole surgery on your ankle. This allows him to easily identify any joint damage, arthritic problems or soft tissue pathologies and to treat these during the examination, often without the need for additional open exposure or dissection. The procedure can take anywhere between one to two hours and is performed under a general anaesthetic. 

Post-operative instructions

You will be required to stop smoking and taking anti-inflammatories one week before surgery to prevent complications. Any blood thinning agents such as warfarin or aspirin should also be discussed one week before your procedure. The hospital will call you the day before your procedure for confirmation of your arrival and fasting times. Please ensure that you bring any x-rays or scans you have with you.

Possible risks:
  • Bleeding 
  • Swelling 
  • Pain 
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage (tingling or numbness)
Before your surgery, Dr. Slater will discuss the risks and complications of your procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. 


At the Specialist Foot & Ankle Group, we offer the option of undergoing either a general or a regional anaesthetic. With local techniques, the leg is made numb from the knee down. 
picture of foot with xray of bones superimposed over image for ankle surgery
Call us today on 1300 338 778 to find out more about our ankle arthroscopy in Double Bay.
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