Leg fasciotomy involves cutting open the soft tissue
of the leg and removing diseased tissue. The wound is intentionally left open
to allow for continued debridement and skin grafting. A compression dressing is
used until further surgery or skin grafting.
- Leg surgery
- Lower leg
Treated with Leg Fasciotomy:
Leg fasciotomy may be performed in cases of severe
burns, leg fascia swelling, necrotizing fasciitis and a crushing injury to the
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical
alternatives to leg fasciotomy.
with Leg Fasciotomy:
Leg fasciotomy may be performed with regional
anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that
the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Complications from Leg Fasciotomy:
Possible risks following leg fasciotomy include
blood loss, nerve damage, amputation, muscle damage, respiratory distress, low
blood pressure and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.