Patient Comments: Compartment Syndrome - Complications


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Comment from: Chewy81, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I had a procedure done to my urethra, and I was in surgery for just over 6 hours. When I was woken up, my legs were throbbing, and 16 hours later, after I complained all night, the nurse called in the doctors. I had developed acute compartment syndrome in both of my lower extremities. I was taken in immediately for emergency fasciotomy surgery. This has been a very long and painful journey, it’s been 4 months, my legs constantly feel full and ache, as well as my feet and ankles are very weak. I was in the hospital for 23 days.

Comment from: PartlySunny, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

A friend aged 28 has compartment syndrome 2 times in 1 year. Arm was affected, now leg plus stroke. Now he had amputation of his leg due to doctors leaving a tourniquet on for 2 hours after cut to artery during fasciotomy closing. No answers as to why he gets compartment syndrome or treatment plan to prevent it. Trying to get him to another hospital to get better diagnosis and treatment. Most important answers are what treatment to stop or reduce occurrence.

Comment from: allie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

My compartment syndrome happened while in the hospital right after a full knee surgery. I was in so much pain for a week, crying endlessly until finally they said I needed an emergency operation, not telling me what was going on. They put me under 3 times in total, including to clean the wound and to insert fake skin! My calf was split open and stayed open for 8 days before it was stapled. I‘m in week 3 and I have major nerve damage, I can no longer move my foot, still extremely painful and it keeps bleeding, and the doctor left in 4 staples for another week. And my heel, which has gone completely numb, is now black. This is really scary.

Comment from: Naomi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My compartment syndrome was an acute event related to an eight inch blood clot in my right upper arm from 24 years of hormone therapy. My arm lost circulation immediately and I had horrible pain. It took five hours for the medical professionals to start a treatment to dissolve the blood clot and re-establish circulation which caused the need for a fasciectomy and nerve damage. Wind on my arm makes me want to vomit. Even after physiotherapy the muscle strength is very poor. Picking up a cup of coffee is a strain. The tingling and burning has finally subsided. I cover my arm with a runner’s sleeve. It helps the nerve pain tremendously.

Comment from: Mark, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I woke up with muscle cramps in both my calves. The right leg pain went away and the left ended up getting surgery. It was painful and doctors seem to be very confused on their own diagnosis of compartment syndrome and how it happened. I’ve had numerous injuries to back and legs and they decided it was not related to those because it should happen very soon after injury. Others say the opposite that it can develop over time. I’m very confused and upset by this because I’m not getting workers’ compensation for this situation due to what the surgeons said.

Comment from: sunflowers, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

If anyone else has the unfortunate experience of going beyond compartment syndrome to Volkmann’s Ischemic contracture like me, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Comment from: milogram, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I got a staph infection in the hospital following fasciotomy surgery. I can no longer make a fist, raise my wrist/hand, bend my fingers – I have contracture. My thumb pulls inward, my hand is permanently disabled, and I almost needed amputation.


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