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I have compartment syndrome. I need surgery. What's the recovery like? Cast after? Crutches? When do you fully recover? How long? Thanks

I have compartment syndrome. I need surgery. What's the recovery like? Cast after? Crutches? When do you fully recover? How long? Thanks

Prolonged recovery: You did not mention where, most common is leg, was done to releases the the pressure and prevent damage to nerves and muscles. Most of the times procedure is brief, recovery is not instant even with minimum damage, full recovery takes months, may need additional surgery skin graft rehab etc most will recover some will never regain full function will not be in sports and has to accept out come. ...Read more

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Compartment Syndrome (Definition)

A painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from internal bleeding ...Read more


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I have compartment syndrome I'm having surgery the anterior and deep posterior compartments. How long are you in surgery for? (like hours on the operating table?) are you pain free after surgery? What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

I have compartment syndrome I'm having surgery the anterior and deep posterior compartments. How long are you in surgery for? (like hours on the operating table?) are you pain free after surgery? What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

Due to exercise: Pressure built up after exercise, usually ant comp. Is released, o r time will be brief and quick recovery with in 6 wks, one other hand trauma related, or post vascular surgery related diagnosis may be delayed, need more extensive extensive, surgery, wound will take long time to heal may take months to heal. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome and I was wondering how long the surgery is!? What is the recovery like? Do you have a cast after surgery? Sports?

I have compartment syndrome and I was wondering how long the surgery is!? What is the recovery like? Do you have a cast after surgery? Sports?

A bit painful: The operation involves opening the compartment and relieving the obstruction - it can be a long and painful process, or quick - it depends on which compartment. ...Read more

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I have compartment syndrome. I'm getting surgery and I have a couple questions. How long are you in the operating room? (hours). I'm having it on one leg and on the anterior and deep posterior compartments. What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

I have compartment syndrome. I'm getting surgery and I have a couple questions. How long are you in the operating room? (hours). I'm having it on one leg and on the anterior and deep posterior compartments. What is the recovery like? Thanks in advance

Due to exercise: Pressure built up after exercise, usually ant comp. Is released, o r time will be brief and quick recovery with in 6 wks, one other hand trauma related, or post vascular surgery related diagnosis may be delayed, need more extensive extensive, surgery, wound will take long time to heal may take months to heal. ...Read more

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I'm getting surgery for compartment syndrome. They are going to release all compartments of the lower leg. They are only doin one leg. How long is the recovery? Crutches? Sports?

I'm getting surgery for compartment syndrome. They are going to release all compartments of the lower leg. They are only doin one leg. How long is the recovery? Crutches? Sports?

Not much: A few concerns: almost never necessary to release "all compartments". Exercise induced compartments syndromes are compartments specific. One would determine which compartments are the cause by doing compartment pressure measurements after exercise. Crutches until it feels good. In my experience return to sport in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from exertional compartment syndrome surgery?

How long does it take to recover from exertional compartment syndrome surgery?

Depnds on swel/pain: This is exercised induced compartment syn. Most people stop due 2 pain, and rest. It goes away fairly soon. If bad poeple go 2 their ortho guy and get worked up & can have a prophylactic compartment releas with minimal incisions, as compared 2 knee 2 ankle 4 severe compt syn. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Are there alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Yes: Most physician would try these first before offering surgery. They usually include see a physcial therapsit. They would try techniques with stretching and going over the activities that trigger it. Also heat and iceing along with elcetrical stimulation therapy can help. ...Read more

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What are any alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

What are any alternatives to surgery for exertional compartment syndrome?

Modify activity: True exertional compartment syndrome will consistently be associated with the onset of pain when certain threshold of activity is reached. If this consistently comes on with running after certain distance cut down on mileage or choose alternative activity that keeps you below threshold of symptoms (cycling). Also be sure of diagnosis: requires measurement of compartment pressures after exertion. ...Read more

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What is involved during chronic compartment syndrome surgery?

Compartment Release: The surgery involves releasing compartments that are affected thru small incisions. However, recurrence of your symptoms after such surgeries is not uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

Fasciectomy: Fasciectomy/Fasciotomy does not really have many complications if it is performed correctly. As with any surgery, there is the possibility of nerve damage or vascular damage just from having the surgery, and any other post operative complication. But, if the procedure is performed well and there are no surgical complications, there are few, if any problems after the surgery. ...Read more

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What could cause complications after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

What could cause complications after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

Maily infection, skin: Infection is the most important complication for post op fasciatomy, because the tissue will be expose. Skin coverage is another problem we have post fsciatomy. ...Read more

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Will I be able to run again after having surgery for compartment syndrome?

Will I be able to run again after having surgery for compartment syndrome?

Most Likely: I am assuming that you had compartment syndrome of the lower leg and required fasciotomies. Your recovery will be mostly dependent on whether or not there was any nerve or muscle injury. If you have irreversible nerve damage, this would have the biggest impact on your recovery. If you have any muscle loss, this too will have a negative impact. If no nerve or muscle loss, then likely full recovery. ...Read more

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Plz explain why I recently had surgery for anterior compartment syndrome and now I have the same symptoms in my calves?

Plz explain why I recently had surgery for anterior compartment syndrome and now I have the same symptoms in my calves?

Please see the: Diagram, this explain to you there are four compartment in the leg you could one in involve or all of them. You had anterior one release alone before and know the posterior one will be released. ...Read more

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I am having surgery on my leg for compartment syndrome. How long is the surgery? I'm having surgery on the deep posterior and anterior compartments.

I am having surgery on my leg for compartment syndrome. How long is the surgery? I'm having surgery on the deep posterior and anterior compartments.

Due to exercise: Pressure built up after exercise, usually ant comp. Is released, o r time will be brief and quick recovery with in 6 wks, one other hand trauma related, or post vascular surgery related diagnosis may be delayed, need more extensive extensive, surgery, wound will take long time to heal may take months to heal. ...Read more

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What to do if I had exertional compartment syndrome in both my legs, about two years ago I got the fasciotomy surgery done.?

What to do if I had exertional compartment syndrome in both my legs, about two years ago I got the fasciotomy surgery done.?

? Question: Yes you had fascial release for chronic exertional compt. Syndrome... In one leg or both.? Are u a runner? What are your symptoms now? Are u working out now? Running? Bicycling? Leave more details and a specific question that you want answered... Maybe I can help! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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If I play softball and I have compartment syndrome what should I do to prevent having surgery?

See below: First of all confirm that you have a cs by c. Pressure studies (post exercise even). From the sound of it, you might have a chronic comp. Syndrome. If that's the case then it might help to gradually increase your physical activities. This may probably prevent having surgery. If you have cs at this young age, the surgical option might be a good one, for longterm results, though. ...Read more

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Hi! I've recently had my surgery for compartment syndrome in lower leg. What should I do the upcoming days? Train the leg or rest it? How do I rehab?

Hi! I've recently had my surgery for compartment syndrome in lower leg. What should I do the upcoming days? Train the leg or rest it? How do I rehab?

DEPENDS: Consult your surgeon when you should start PT. Let him determine when he feels you have sufficiently healed
When he feels it's safe then toe raises on a 2.5 cm block and stretching the ankle joint with a towel around the foot and pulling it gently toward you
You will lose 30% strength due to having the fasciotomy alone ...Read more

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