Technique of fasciotomy: Hand

Jason H. Ko, Douglas P. Hanel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Compartment syndrome of the hand is a potentially devastating problem that can result in significant deformity and functional loss. This article reviews the compartmental anatomy of the hand, the diagnosis of compartment syndrome, and the surgical technique for hand and finger fasciotomies, in addition to postoperative considerations. Rapid diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome and immediate surgical decompression of the compartments of the hand are necessary to achieve acceptable outcomes and prevent long-term disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalTechniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012


  • compartment syndrome of the hand
  • fasciotomy
  • first web space contracture
  • intrinsic contracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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