1. Bounce Back Quicker with Ankle Arthroscopy

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    A new twist on ankle surgery is helping people with damaged tissue or a severe sprain get back on their feet in record time. “The historic procedures involved an open incision with a lot of suturing. There’s a newer procedure to do it minimally invasive. And we combine it with a ankle arthroscopy which means a little camera into the ankle with instrumentation to be able to repair the ligament through two small punched incisions,” says Dr. Andrew Belis, who is a foot and ankle surgeon on medical staff of Lee Memorial Health System. These same techniques have been perfected over the years in hips and knees. The ankle presented a unique perspective. “It’s a very tiny joint. So it makes it more challenging, recently there’s more and more equipment that’s out there to help,” says Dr. Belis. The smaller procedure means less damage to the body. Operating through small punctures results in less blood loss and quicker healing. Studies find it delivers the same outcomes as a traditional open surgery. “And each patient we’re finding we’re able to push the envelope and get them back to activity a little bit quicker. So it makes it a very exciting time to have this new procedure at our fingertips to be able to help these patients with chronic ankle weakness or chronic ankle instability,” says Dr. Belis. Many times people with damaged ligaments or a badly sprained ankle will try to side-step surgery. But the resulting instability can make it worse. The arthroscopic approach can be done on recent or old injuries. Still providing a quick bounce back. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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    • Scoping Out the Ankle

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      The technique of inserting a tiny camera into the body along with surgical tools has for a number of years helped doctors get into tight spaces. Called arthroscopic procedures, they are common today in knee and shoulder repairs. Now surgeons are lowering their sights - to the ankle. “Studies prove that it’s the same exact outcomes as the older ways of doing it, except your not making a big open incision,” says Dr. Andrew Belis, foot and ankle surgeon on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Historically, fixing a damaged ankle required an operation to open the area with a large incision to give surgeons access. In turn it required suturing to close the site, followed by downtime for healing. The arthroscopic approach is much less invasive. “You’re using a lot small instrumentation. Which means a little camera into the ankle to be able to repair the ligament through two small punched incisions,” says Dr. Belis. This surgery isn’t for everyone or every injury. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to mend torn ligaments from a bad sprain, repair cartilage damage and remove bone spurs - helping people who were living with pain because they wanted to avoid a major operation. “Each patient, we’re finding we’re able to push the envelope and get them back to activity a little bit quicker. So it makes it a very exciting time to have this new procedure at our fingertips to be able to help these patients with chronic ankle weakness or chronic ankle instability,” says Dr. Belis. It’s a new twist on surgery that is getting people back on their feet and moving. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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