NFL player Rahim Moore required a fasciotomy for lower leg compartment syndrome after sustaining an injury during Sunday’s National Football League game against the New England Patriots. Moore plays for the Denver Broncos.
The procedure entails a skin incision along the lower outside leg and with the splitting of the muscle fascia to allow injured, swollen muscle to bulge out. In experienced hands, the procedure takes just a few minutes.
The skin and fascia are left open for several days to weeks depending on the degree of severity. While a complete recovery of muscle function is possible, the injury takes weeks to months to heal.