An xray of Tom’s spine after his back surgery.
In 1998 he was injured at his job. Because of this injury he needed spinal surgery. He was left with titanium screws and rods to fuse his spine and a vena cava filter which is a device inserted into a major vein to prevent a blood clot from entering the lungs. He was awake when they pushed that filter through his neck down. After his surgery he encountered many complications-blood clot on the lungs, kidney failure, compartmental syndrome (see below) to his arm, congestive heart failure and a host of other complications. All that surgery and problem has had a significant change to his life which left him partically disabled. Thankfully the doctors saved his life more than once during those two weeks in the hospital.
Compartment syndrome (CS) is a limb-threatening and life-threatening condition observed when perfusion pressure falls below tissue pressure in a closed anatomic space. The current body of knowledge unequivocally reflects that untreated CS leads to tissue necrosis, permanent functional impairment, and, if severe, renal failure and death.