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Posted by Greg Longhurst on August 06, 2002 at 04:52:41:
In Reply to: Re: virdis bite info posted by grappler184 on August 05, 2002 at 21:20:08:
: I have met a few people who have had the procedure done for snakebite. It was nearly done on me. My doctor was convinced it was necessary to keep my hand & arm from sustaining permanent nerve damage. I told him that I'd walk out of the hospital before I would allow the procedure. He backed off & did something to monitor the pressure caused by the swelling from the Florida cottonmouth bite. As things turned out, I was right. I left the hospital two days later, still swollen severely, but basically okay. I have zero problems from the bite at this time...no scar, no loss of flexibility, nothing. Had the fasciotomy been performed, I would be scarred for life, & probably never have full use of my right hand. I firmly believe that the vast majority, if not all fasciotomies performed to treat swelling caused by snakebite are ill-advised & unnecessary. Take this for whatever..I am not a doctor.