Presentation on theme: "Rattlesnake venom is a hemotoxin that is carried by the circulatory system and can cause severe damage to tissue. Even if you survive, the aftermath might."— Presentation transcript:
Rattlesnake venom is a hemotoxin that is carried by the circulatory system and can cause severe damage to tissue. Even if you survive, the aftermath might be horrible. After this young man was bitten on the palm of his hand, his entire arm became swollen to the point doctors decided to perform a fasciotomy from the palm of his hand to his bicep to relieve pressure.
Over the next 35 days, eight surgeries were performed. With the injury open, doctors could clean out dead tissue.
The healing process is a slow one, but gradually, the injury began to improve.
Stitches and staples were used to hold the edges of the wound in place, and a surgical mesh covered the open muscles.
A skin graft, using tissue removed from the victim’s leg, was used to cover the opening in his arm.
Follow up surgeries included a vascular flap procedure using skin and muscle from the victim’s back, connecting the flap’s blood vessels to the ones in his arm using microsurgery before stitching the flap to his arm. Previous 9 of 11 Next
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After twenty months and thirteen surgeries, the snakebite victim has recovered mobility and about 80% of the strength in his affected arm and hand. Previous 11 of 11