Skin Graft Care
Skin Graft Details
The wound will be cleaned with a clean water solution.Anesthesia
Depending on the surgery, you may receive:
- Local anesthesia-The immediate area is numbed.
- Regional anesthesia-A large area of your body will be numbed, but you will be awake.
- General anesthesia -You will be asleep.
The wound will be measured. A pattern of the wound will be traced and then outlined over the donor site. The donor tissue will be removed with a scalpel or special harvesting machine.
There are three main types of skin graft techniques:
The graft will be placed on the damaged site. It will be fastened with stitches or staples.
A pressure bandage will be applied over the area. A wound VAC may be placed for the first 3-5 days. This is a device that has suction and is used to control drainage. Initially, the graft will survive on oxygen and nutrients from the underlying tissue. Within 36 hours, new blood vessels begin to grow. New cells will grow from the graft to cover the damaged area with new skin.
This varies, depending on the size of the graft and extent and severity of the injury.How Much Will It Hurt?
Harvesting skin grafts can be painful. Anesthesia should prevent most pain during the procedure. Talk to your doctor about medicine to help manage pain after the procedure.Average Hospital Stay
This varies depending on the reason for the graft, the size of the graft, as well as other care that is needed. For example, recovery from a burn or accident may take longer.Postoperative Care
Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions , which may include:
- Keep the recipient site clean and dry.
- Avoid all trauma to the recipient site.
- Do not expose recipient site to prolonged sunlight.
- Inspect site for healing and good circulation, as shown by healthy pink coloration.
- Follow instructions given for bandaging the grafted area. This will provide the area with appropriate support during the healing process. It will also help to prevent contractures (intense tightening) even after healing is complete.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.