Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
The most common morbidity in a fasciotomy is an incomplete response that requires a repeat fasciotomy procedure. Mortality is very rare and usually due to a problem related to the original condition.
This narrated 3D animation shoes the anatomy of the knee and how this structure works to move the knee joint. Of special note are the anatomical orientations of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) along with a description of how tendon surgery is performed.
Fasciotomy is a surgical procedure where the fascia is cut to relieve tension or pressure (resulting in loss of circulation to an area of tissue or muscle). Fasciotomy is a limb-saving procedure when used to treat acute compartment syndrome. It is also sometimes used to treat chronic compartment stress syndrome. The procedure has a very high rate of success, with the most common problem being accidental damage to a nearby nerve. Complications can also involve the formation of scar tissue after the operation. A thickening of the surgical scars can result in the loss of mobility of the joint involved. This can be addressed through occupational therapy or physical therapy.
In addition to scar formation, there is a possibility that the surgeon may require a skin graft to close the wound.
Sometimes when closing the fascia again in another surgical procedure, the muscle is still too large to close it completely. A small bulge is visible, but is not harmful.
For foot and ankle problems, surgery is sometimes the more definitive answer to a persistent problem and the best way to prevent more serious conditions.
-Institute of Surgical Podiatry
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