What is a skin graft in case of burns?
It is an aesthetic operation that consists of a removal of the epidermis to treat autologous skin damaged by burns.
How’s the operation going?
The surgeon is in charge of pointing out the operation, the sampling site, and the extent. The operation takes place in an operating room using sterile equipment under general anaesthesia.
The duration of surgery depends on the position of the graft and the extent of the skin to be treated. A good preparation of the patient before the surgery (general pre-anesthetic consultation and clarification of the list of drugs in progress ...) and during the surgery (sterile conditions) and post surgical success is ensured.
Does the skin graft have any drawbacks?
The answer is yes. The surgeon may discourage you to have the skin graft for multiple reasons:
- Contamination of the wound.
- Possibility of a malignant tumor.
What are the risks of skin graft in case of burns?
Like any operation, there is a risk of complications:
- Respiratory complications
- Allergy to anesthesia products
- Wake up delay and so on.
- Hemorrhagic risk
- Risk of post-operative infection
- Risk of delayed healing
- Risk of failure.
How to prevent these complications?
To prevent these complications, consult the surgeon. Knowing the patient’s case history and his/ her current treatment is crucial.
You must stop any treatment that interferes with coagulation.
You have to treat any local or regional concomitant infection.
Beware of possible corticosteroid therapy
A sterile dressing and adequate post-operative care are required.