During arm fasciotomy, the arm’s soft tissue is cut open and diseased tissue is removed. The wound is left open to allow for continued tissue removal or skin grafting, but is covered with a compression dressing in the meantime.
Also Known As:
- Arm surgery
- Arm debridement
Conditions Treated with Arm Fasciotomy:
An arm fasciotomy is utilized in order to treat severe burns, a crushing arm injury, necrotizing fasciitis and swelling of the arm fascia.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to arm fasciotomy.
Anesthesia with Arm Fasciotomy:
Arm fasciotomy can be performed under regional anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Arm Fasciotomy:
Possible risks following arm fasciotomy include blood loss, nerve damage, low blood pressure and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience respiratory distress and muscle damage. In some cases, amputation is necessary.