Skin grafting

Skin grafting
Skin graft treated with vacuum assisted closure for five days.jpg
Skin graft on lower leg trauma injury, 5 days after surgery healing aided by use of a vacuum dressing

Skin grafting is a type of graft surgery involving the transplantation of skin. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft.[1]

Skin grafting is often used to treat:

Skin grafts are often employed after serious injuries when some of the body's skin is damaged. Surgical removal (excision or debridement) of the damaged skin is followed by skin grafting. The grafting serves two purposes: reduce the course of treatment needed (and time in the hospital), and improve the function and appearance of the area of the body which receives the skin graft.

There are two types of skin grafts, the more common type is where a thin layer is removed from a healthy part of the body (the donor section) like peeling a potato, or a full thickness skin graft, which involves pinching and cutting skin away from the donor section. A full thickness skin graft is more risky, in terms of the body accepting the skin, yet it leaves only a scar line on the donor section, similar to a Cesarean section scar. For full thickness skin grafts, the donor section will often heal much more quickly than the injury and is less painful than a partial thickness skin graft.

Medical uses

Two layers of skin created from animal sources has been found to be useful in venous leg ulcers.[3]

Other Languages
العربية: ترقيع الجلد
čeština: Kožní štěpy
français: Greffe cutanée
Bahasa Indonesia: Cangkok kulit
Nederlands: Huidtransplantatie
日本語: 植皮
português: Enxerto de pele
Simple English: Skin graft
Tiếng Việt: Cấy ghép da
中文: 植皮