Surgical Tips for Performing Open Fasciotomies for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg

Research Paper Title

Surgical Tips for Performing Open Fasciotomies for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg.

Abstract

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) of the leg is a debilitating condition that has previously been characterised in athletes and military personnel.

The results of surgical management in these patient populations have previously been published with inconsistencies in surgical methods and patient outcomes noted.

While endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques have been described, a detailed description of a “standard” open, 2-incision lateral and single-incision medial technique for the treatment of CECS has not been previously published.

The purpose of this technique article is to highlight several tips and considerations related to this procedure in the hopes of standardising treatment and potentially improving patient outcomes.

Level of Evidence

Level V, expert opinion.

Reference

Scully, W.F. & Benavides, J.M. (2019) Surgical Tips for Performing Open Fasciotomies for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg. Foot & Ankle International. 40(7), pp.859-865. doi: 10.1177/1071100719842798. Epub 2019 Apr 9.

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