A Skin Graft may be used to permanently substitute injured or lost skin. It can also be used temporarily to cover a deep wound. Those who sustain third-degree burns on their feet will have those burned areas of their skin destroyed as well as have an injury to the tissues underneath. In these cases, skin grafting is generally required. Skin grafting is not, however, used for first or second-degree burns since they can usually heal in an acceptable manner without them. Skin grafts are slender layers of skin taken from another part of the body to be used as covering to guard the body from loss of fluids, regulate temperature and keep bacteria or viruses at bay. Moreover, the overall health of a patient can be perilous having undergone severe burns, and this treatment can provide immense benefits during the healing period.
Treatment via this procedure involves:
- Split-thickness skin grafts can be used and are secured with staples and covered with gauzes. This type of graft will not be successful if the site to be covered is draining or bleeding.
- Refrain from allowing direct sunlight to reflect on the skin graft to prevent discoloration of the skin.
- Try not to stretch the skin graft through exercise for up to a month after surgery to ensure healing.
- Physical therapy can be helpful in limiting the chances of scar tissue after healing. This form of therapy may involve the use of splints and stretches to maximize elasticity of the skin.
Skin grafts can be an amazing form of treatment to preserve exposed parts of the body that may have been burned harshly. Please contact us today at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will utilize the best methods available to provide optimal skin grafting outcomes. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and don’t hesitate to look at our Patient Education section for other helpful data.