Ober-Yount fasciotomy, the iliotibial band that runs from the hip to the knee
is cut and released. An incision is also made above the knee, and a segment of
the iliotibial band is removed rather than repaired.
Also Known As:
- Release of IT
- Muscle release
- Iliotibial band release
Conditions Treated with an Ober-Yount
fasciotomy may be performed in cases of flaccid paralysis, muscular dystrophy
and a tight iliotibial band. It is not uncommon for the band to become tight in
There are no
comparable non-surgical alternatives to an Ober-Yount fasciotomy. A surgical
alternative to the procedure is an Ober fasciotomy.
Anesthesia with an Ober-Yount Fasciotomy:
fasciotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient
is asleep and completely unware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from an Ober-Yount
following an Ober-Yount fasciotomy include infection, bleeding and a negative
reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for recovery of movement to be
incomplete, for the atrophied bone to be fractured and for an above-knee cast
to be needed.