The results of fasciotomy performed on forty-nine patients with sciatic pain, whose average postoperative observation period was sixteen months, were as follows:
1. In the group who had a fasciotomy only, excellent or good results were obtained in 75 per cent.; failure resulted in 25 per cent.
2. Of twenty cases in which lumbosacral fusion had failed to cure the sciatica, subsequent fasciotomy resulted in failure in 75 per cent. However, many of these patients obtained temporary relief of from two to sixteen months.
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