Patient Comments: Compartment Syndrome - Surgery

Question:

What do you remember from your surgery for compartment syndrome? How long did it take you to recovery from surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: George, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

After knee surgery I had to have a manipulation which in turn caused my compartment syndrome. They had to cut both sides of my calves, this was 2015 and I'm still suffering.

Comment from: Andy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

I am about to be discharged from surgery following acute quad compartment syndrome. A very bruised thigh rapidly developed the syndrome, prompting swift fasciotomy to release, and subsequent repair. Surgery so far has been successful. I have one long scar 30 cm on the outside of thigh. No skin graft. Fingers crossed!

Comment from: Yolanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

After my surgery for compartment syndrome it took a very long time to recover. I was in the hospital for almost two months, it was very painful. I also remember the wounds on my skin. One side of my leg needed a skin graft and the other side of my leg was stitched up from ankle to the knee. The graft they took is huge from ankle to knee as well and took 6 months to heal. I am still suffering from the effects of my compartment syndrome diagnosis. I have constant pain and also loss of motion in my ankle completely.

Comment from: Cindyluu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

My compartment syndrome happened going in for colon surgery and the nurse put IV in the muscle in my hand and not vein. Twenty four hours after surgery they had to do emergency surgery, I didn’t know what I would wake up to. Five surgeries and two skin grafts later, I have been 7 months out of work, plus had to have physical therapy. It is 6 years now that all that happened and I’m reminded every day by scars and pain some days, and the pain is real bad. I can’t lift heavy things or go bowling anymore. I can’t lift a gallon of milk. I drop things a lot too. It’s my right hand and arm and I write with right hand. I had to learn to sign my name left handed. As I get older it will just get worse.

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