An Ober-Yount fasciotomy is surgery to cut and release the iliotibial (IT) band that runs from the hip to the knee and that can become severely constricted in patients that are wheelchair-bound or in an extended 'frog' position with a 90 degree flex of the knees. The Yount procedure is an added incision just above the knee; a segment of the IT band is removed and not repaired.

Diseases And Conditions Treated

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure

  • Flaccid paralysis (e.g. due to poliomyelitis)
  • Tight iliotibial band
  • Muscular dystrophy
Other Surgical Options

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Ober-Yount fasciotomy may include these surgeries:

  • Ober fasciotomy
Anesthetic Requirements for Ober-Yount fasciotomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Ober-Yount fasciotomy may include:

  • General anesthesia
Procedure Complications

Possible surgical complications of Ober-Yount fasciotomy may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete recovery of movement
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Above-knee casts
  • Fracture of atrophied bone

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