Bedside fasciotomy under local anesthesia for acute compartment syndrome: a feasible and reliable procedure in selected cases

Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 04/23/2012

Bedside fasciotomy under local anesthesia is a feasible, safe, and effective choice for treating compartment syndrome in patients with delayed presentation or those with anticipated delay to undergo surgery in the operating theater under general or regional anesthesia. The results of this study are encouraging, as all wounds healed satisfactory and there were no cases of deep infections. The formal release of compartments in the operating room under general anesthesia continues to be the standard of care.

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