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Degenerative disease

Primary and secondary osteoarthritis can be treated arthroscopically.

Cheng and Ferkel (87) in 1998 showed that arthroscopic debridement for ankle and subtalar degenerative disease can provide an interim alternative to arthrodesis or ankle replacement, with removal of impinging osteophytes and loose bodies being treated effectively with arthroscopy.

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(87) Cheng J, Ferkel R D, ‘The role of arthroscopy in ankle and subtalar degenerative joint disease’ Clinical orthopaedics and related research 1998; 349; 65-72