The first arthroscopic ankle ligament stabilisation operation to be done in Australia was recently completed at John Flynn Private Hospital.
Known as the ArthroBrostrom procedure, Dr Hugh Won, a consultant at the Gold Coast hospital, successfully introduced the treatment after undergoing intensive training in North America.
The procedure uses purpose designed instruments and is done completely through keyholes with the same mechanical strength as the conventional treatment for chronic instability of the ankle.
Under the new treatment, a patient’s post-operative swelling and discomfort is markedly reduced and the risk of soft tissue complications like infections and delayed wound healing is also minimised.
Until the introduction of the ArthroBrostrom procedure, patients suffering from chronic instability of the ankle were forced to undergo an open repair of their lateral ligaments and faced a lengthy recovery time.