Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fasciotomy?
A surgical procedure that involves cutting the fascia [band or sheet of connective tissue that surrounds the muscle fibers and separates the muscle and other internal organs] to reduce or decrease the pressure and swelling in the compartment [leg, hand, abdomen, or foot] of the body is Fasciotomy. This helps in treating the loss of blood circulation to the muscle or tissue.
What are the types of Fasciotomy?
There are different types of Fasciotomy depending on the area of the body to be treated and they are:
- Leg Fasciotomy
- Thigh Fasciotomy
- Hand Fasciotomy
- Buttock Fasciotomy
- Foot Fasciotomy
- Abdomen Fasciotomy
What are the advantages of Fasciotomy?
Some advantages of Fasciotomy are:
- Reduces damage to the soft tissue
- Restores blood flow
- Decreases or relieves the swelling and pressure
- Treats acute or chronic compartment syndrome
What are the indications of Fasciotomy?
Fasciotomy is indicated in the following conditions:
- Acute or Chronic compartment syndrome
- Pressure build-up in one of the compartments of the body due to severe trauma or injury
- Limb bone fracture
What are the steps involved in Fasciotomy?
Fasciotomy steps differ from one area to another area of the body to be treated. So, the general steps involved in Fasciotomy are:
- Before the surgery, the patient is sedated using general anesthesia.
- Later, the surgeon will mark the area on the compartment of the body to be treated.
- Either one or two-incision technique will be used.
- After making incisions, the fascia which is just beneath the skin will be cut and open.
- The incisions will be kept open until the swelling is reduced.
- Once the swelling is reduced, then the surgeon will close the incisions.
Who can perform Fasciotomy [Right specialist type for Fasciotomy]?
Fasciotomy can be performed by:
- Podiatrist [foot specialist]
- General surgeon
What is the cost of Fasciotomy?
Fasciotomy cost in Bangalore depends on the following factors:
- Admission fee
- Surgeon fee
- Age of the patient
- Area of the body to be treated
- Number of areas needed to be operated
- Type of surgery planned to be performed
- The medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Type of Hospital
- The admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc.
Minimum cost for Fasciotomy in Delhi starts from Rs. 21,000
Average expenses for Fasciotomy in Delhi is approximately Rs. 29,400
Maximum amount to be paid for Fasciotomy in Delhi rises up to Rs. 89,250
Is Fasciotomy a major surgery or minor surgery?
Fasciotomy can be a major surgery as it involves sedating the patient with general anesthesia and cutting the fascia. Even after the surgery, the incisions will be open until the swelling is reduced.
What are the risks and complications associated with Fasciotomy?
Risks and complications of Fasciotomy are:
- Damage to the muscle or tissues
- Nerve loss
- May cause kidney dysfunction
How long does it take to complete Fasciotomy?
20-60 minutes may be required to complete the Fasciotomy. In a few cases, it can take longer than the expected time due to the number of areas to be treated and the severity of the medical condition of the patient.
What is the recovery time?
The patients who undergo Fasciotomy may take 4-6 weeks to recover completely.
What is the success rate of Fasciotomy?
Fasciotomy success rate depends on:
- Severity of the compartment syndrome
- Type of surgery performed
- Experience of the surgeon
- Area of the body to be treated
However, the success rate of Fasciotomy may range around 80% to 86%.
Is Fasciotomy Permanent?
Fasciotomy can be a permanent surgery as it permanently removes a small portion of the fascia to relieve the pressure and swelling.
What are the long-term results of Fasciotomy?
The following can be the long-term results of Fasciotomy:
- Decreased swelling and pressure
- Loss of muscle
- Nerve damage
Can Fasciotomy be detected in future?
Fasciotomy may be detected in the future as it leaves scars at the site of the incision.
What are the options if Fasciotomy fails?
The only option available for a failed Fasciotomy is revision surgery.