Arthroscopy Specialist

Richard de Asla, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon Located At Naples Community Hospital In Naples, FL

Traditional surgical techniques require skin incisions large enough for a surgeon to explore and ultimately address the area of injury. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses a small camera and specialized surgical tools passed through very small incisions (called portals) to address certain foot and ankle injuries. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Richard J. de Asla, MD, and the team at NCH in Naples, Florida, proudly offer arthroscopy. Not all foot and ankle conditions are amenable to arthroscopy. To see if you're a candidate, make an appointment by calling the office today.

Arthroscopy Q & A

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to diagnose and treat joint-related health problems. During arthroscopy, Richard J. de Asla, MD, inserts a narrow tube with a small, fiber-optic camera (called an arthroscope) through a small incision (called a portal). The camera transmits images to a high-definition video monitor that Dr. de Asla uses to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. 

Arthroscopy is unique in that it allows Dr. de Asla to treat certain conditions using minimally invasive means. 

Why would I need arthroscopy?

Dr. de Asla regularly uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat many different joint conditions, including those that affect the ankle, subtalar joint, and great toe joint. Newer, smaller arthroscopes are now being used to help us better treat fractures and other traumatic injuries.

You might also benefit from arthroscopy if you need a surgical procedure. Dr. de Asla regularly uses this type of treatment for:

  • Loose bone or cartilage fragments in a joint
  • Damaged cartilage
  • Inflamed joint linings
  • Painful scarring in a joint

Is arthroscopy safe?

Arthroscopy is safe and well-tolerated. However, like any surgical procedure, complications may arise. Risks associated with arthroscopy include potential nerve injury, blood clots, and infection. To lower your risk of these or other complications, follow Dr. de Asla's recovery instructions carefully.  

Are there different types of arthroscopy?

Dr. de Asla performs several different types of arthroscopy, including:

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Subtalar arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic excision of the os trigonum
  • Great toe joint arthroscopy
  • NanoScope™ arthroscopy

What type of arthroscopy is right for me?

To determine the type of arthroscopy you'll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. de Asla and his team. Following a review of your medical history, physical exam, and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. de Asla can recommend a treatment that aligns with your individual needs. 

What is recovery like following arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic surgery usually doesn't take very long, but the recovery process may take weeks or even months, depending on the nature of the condition being treated.

If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of minimally invasive arthroscopy, make an appointment with Richard J. de Asla, MD, by calling the office today. 

For more information about ankle arthroscopy, visit the sites below:

Mayo Clinic

Foot Care MD