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Jeffrey T Spang, MD
(919) 966-9071
School of Medicine CB 7055,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Donald K Bynum Jr, MD
(919) 966-6730
250 Burnett-Womack CB 7055,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
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Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: University Of North Carolina H, Chapel Hill, Nc
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John Rankin Frick, DDS
(919) 929-7010
102 S Estes Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
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Howard Garland Hershey, DDS
(919) 962-1091
University Of Nc Dept Of Orth 7450 Cb
Chapel Hill, NC
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Richard Allen Beane, DDS
(919) 966-2759
Unc School Of Dentistry 7450 Cb
Chapel Hill, NC
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Timothy Ned Taft, MD
(919) 966-3340
3154 Bioinformatics Bldg CB #7055 UNC,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1969

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Kyle Emerson Black Jr, MD
(919) 220-5255
203 Timberhill Pl
Chapel Hill, NC
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1978

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Brian Heath Mullis, MD
(813) 389-4449
CB 7055,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1999

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Mark R McGinnis, MD
(828) 322-5172
30078 Britt
Chapel Hill, NC
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Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jonathan D Chappell, MD
(919) 966-9066
School of Medicine CB 7055 236 Burnett-Womack Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Ankle Arthroscopy

A Patient's Guide to Ankle Arthroscopy

Introduction

Arthroscopy is a procedure where a small video camera attached to a fiberoptic lens is inserted into the body to allow a physician or surgeon to see without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is now used to evaluate and treat orthopedic problems in many different joints of the body. The ankle joint is one of the common joints that arthroscopy is used to evaluate and treat problems with this minimally invasive technique.

This guide will help you understand

  • what parts of the ankle are treated during ankle arthroscopy
  • what types of conditions are treated with ankle arthroscopy
  • what to expect before and after ankle arthroscopy

Anatomy

What parts of the ankle are involved?

The ankle joint is formed by the connection of three bones. The top of the talus fits inside a socket that is formed by the lower end of the tibia (shinbone) and the fibula (the small bone of the lower leg). The bottom of the talus sits on the heel bone, called the calcaneus.

Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones together. Three ligaments make up the lateral ligament complex on the side of the ankle farthest from the other ankle. They are the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL), and the posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL).

The common ankle sprain, or inversion injury to the ankle, usually involves two ligaments, the ATFL and CFL. Normally, the ATFL keeps the ankle from sliding forward, and the CFL keeps the ankle from rolling inward on its side. On the side of the ankle joint closest to the other foot (the medial side) is another ligament called the deltoid ligament.

The deltoid ligament can be torn, but it is usually torn in a combination of injuries when the ankle is broken; it is uncommon to injure the deltoid ligament alone.

The ankle joint is surrounded by a water tight pocket called the joint capsule. This capsule is formed by ligaments, connective tissue and synovial tissue. When the joint capsule is filled with sterile saline and is distended, the surgeon can insert the arthroscope into the pocket that is formed, turn on the lights and the camera and see inside the ankle joint as if looking into an aquarium. The surgeon can see the structures that are inside the ankle joint including the joint surfaces of the distal tibia, fibula and talus and the synovial lining of the joint.

Rationale

What does my surgeon hope to accomplish?

When ankle arthroscopy first became available it was used primarily to look inside the ankle joint and make a diagnosis. Today, ankle arthroscopy is used to perform a wide range of surgical procedures including confirming a diagnosis, removing loose bodies, removing bone spurs, debriding excess inflamed synovial tissue, and fixing fractures of the joint surface.

Your surgeon's goal is to fix or improve your problem by performing a s...

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