Selection of surgical techniques

  • Peter Brenner
  • Ghazi M. Rayan


Fasciotomy is the simplest procedure. One needs to distinguish between subcutaneous fasciotomy, which is done by palpation only (“blind”), and locoregional fasciotomy, where the skin, subcutis, and the bowstringing cord are divided under vision. This minimal invasive procedure aims to improve hand function by simple division of the cord. It is a palliative procedure, primarily indicated in the elderly whose general condition is poor. It should be used in younger patients whenever a more invasive fasciectomy is not indicated.


Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Carpal Tunnel Release Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Extension Deficit Scar Contracture 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Brenner
    • 1
  • Ghazi M. Rayan
    • 2
  1. 1.Catholic University of LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.University of OklahomaUSA

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