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Fasciotomy in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a fasciotomy?

A fasciotomy is surgery to relieve pressure that is cutting off blood flow and nerve signals to muscles and tissues. Pressure builds under tissue called fascia that covers muscles and organs. The pressure may be caused by a crush injury, necrotizing fasciitis, or compartment syndrome. During a fasciotomy, an incision is made in the fascia. This helps relieve the pressure. A fasciotomy can be done on most areas of the body, but it is most common on the arm or leg.

How do I prepare my child for a fasciotomy?

What will happen during a fasciotomy?

What will happen after a fasciotomy?

What are the risks of a fasciotomy?

Nerves may be damaged or destroyed near the surgery site. Your child may develop necrosis (tissue death). He or she will need more surgery to remove the tissue if this happens.

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