Your Care at Home after Compartment Release (Fasciectomy)
Compartment release takes out part of the tissue that surrounds your leg muscles to relieve pressure.
How do I care for my incision?
Your incision is closed under your skin so you
won’t have stitches that need to be removed.
The outside skin is closed with special tape.
Gauze dressings are placed over the incision.
An elastic bandage (ace wrap) is placed over the
gauze dressing. The ace wrap should be wrapped
snugly so you feel support on your leg, but not
so tight that it causes swelling or pain in your
foot. If the ace wrap feels too tight or too loose,
re-wrap it. Wrap the ace snugly, starting at
the bottom of your toes up to your knee.
You may have a drain in your incision. If you
do, your nurse will show you how to care for it.
You are seen in clinic for your first dressing
change. This is usually in 2 days. After that,
you may take the dressings off to shower. A
few things to know:
ξ Take short showers.
ξ Pat the incisions dry.
ξ Do not remove the strips of tape over the
incisions. You may cut off the edges of
the tape as they peel up.
ξ Do not use ointments, creams, or
powders on the incisions.
ξ After your shower, rewrap your legs with
the ace wraps.
ξ Wear the ace wraps when you are out of
bed for the next 7 to 10 days. This helps
to keep the ankle from swelling.
ξ If the ankle is still swelling after 7 to 10
days, wear the ace wraps for an extra
week until the swelling is gone.
How do I move?
Limit your activity for 2 days. Raise your legs
on pillows as much as you can. You can use
crutches until you are able to walk without pain
when you set your heel down first (about 3
days). See Health Facts for You #4626 Home
How should I treat my pain?
It is common to have some pain or discomfort.
Your doctor will prescribe pain pills for you to
use if you need it. Severe pain that is not
controlled by rest, elevation, and pain pills is
uncommon. If this happens, call your doctor.
You should not drive for 5 to 7 days or while
you are taking prescription pain pills.
When should I call my doctor?
After 2 days, you should look at your incisions
daily for signs of infection. Call your doctor if
ξ Red and/or warmth at the incision site
ξ Foul-smelling or pus-like drainage
(green or yellow) from the incisions
ξ A temperature of more than 101.5° F by
mouth for two readings four hours apart
ξ A sudden increase in pain that is not
controlled by your pain medications
ξ Bleeding or drainage along with pain and
ξ New symptoms which make it hard for
you to walk or maintain your daily
When do I see my doctor again?
You will need to return to the Peripheral
Vascular Surgery Clinic in 2 to 3 days to check
What number can I call my doctor at?
Call the Vascular Surgery Clinic at (608) 263-8915 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
After hours, call hospital paging at (608) 263-6400. Ask for the Vascular Surgery doctor on-call. Give
paging your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical
advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are
different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an
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