Anna-Marie, arthroscopy to the ankle at BMI The Priory Hospital
Consultant: Mr Mark Herron, Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
When squash enthusiast Anna-Marie damaged her ankle she took the 'no pain, no gain' option and did everything she could to ensure she continued playing her favourite sport.
Believing her ankle was only sprained she spent almost thirty years of bandages, strappings and painkillers until she couldn’t carry on any longer and had to accept that she needed an operation.
After the initial damage the pain gradually eased but Anna-Marie experienced intermittent flare ups and swellings and found that taking anti-inflammatory painkillers was the only way she could make it through a full game. Realising she was taking too many painkillers Anna-Marie decided she had to get something done.
An MRI scan of her ankle revealed there was marked osteoarthritis of the ankle joint involving osteophytes, sub-contral cysts and severe chondral loss. Treatment involved a minimally invasive operation to the ankle known as an arthroscopy, during which the painful joint is cleaned up, coupled with a reconstruction of the damaged ligaments using her own tissue.
Less than nine months later Anna-Marie was back on the court enjoying pain-free squash, she says, "Before the operation the things I loved, like squash and dancing, were no longer fun. I would be worried about socialising, shopping and all normal activities due to the pain and lack of balance, but now it's brilliant to be back doing these things again.”