Fasciotomy is a surgical procedure designed to treat a condition known as compartment syndrome, which is a serious medical emergency that can cause permanent damage if left untreated. Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside a muscle compartment builds up to dangerous levels, resulting in decreased blood flow and tissue damage. During fasciotomy, the surgeon makes one or more incisions in the affected compartment to relieve the pressure and restore blood flow. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, although patients may also receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around the incision. Fasciotomy is considered a highly effective treatment for compartment syndrome, with most patients experiencing significant relief of their symptoms within a few days. However, recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the extent of surgery required. Fasciotomy may be performed as either an open or minimally invasive procedure, with the choice of technique depending on individual factors such as the location and severity of the compartment syndrome. Regardless of which technique is used, patients can expect to receive postoperative care designed to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection and other complications. Overall, fasciotomy is a vital tool in the fight against compartment syndrome, providing patients with the relief they need to reclaim their lives and prevent long-term damage to their muscles and other tissues. If you or someone you love is suffering from compartment syndrome, talk to your doctor to learn more about the benefits of fasciotomy and other possible treatments.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.