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Surgery may be required as part of the patient’s treatment plan. Here you will find information on recommended surgical techniques and step-by-step instructions for common surgical techniques used in burn care, from preoperative preparation to postoperative care.

Techniques include debridement and split-thickness skin grafting (SSG), SSG Harvesting from the scalp, the Meek technique, and harvesting full thickness graft (FTG)

 

Meek technique

The Meek technique is a useful technique for patients with extensive burn wounds who do not have sufficient donor sites available to close the burn wounds with general autologous skin grafts at once, even after meshing.

SSG Harvesting from the scalp

The scalp is the preferred donor site for split-thickness skin grafts (SSG), especially in children. This technique requires training. If the clinician is not trained, […]

Harvesting Full Thickness Graft (FTG)

Full-thickness grafts (FTGs) are thicker and more resistant to contraction than split-thickness skin grafts (SSGs). Harvesting an FTG creates a full thickness donor site defect that needs to be closed. This means the skin elasticity limits the amount of skin that can be harvested.

Surgical techniques

There are several surgical techniques. Read more about them below:

Debridement and split-thickness skin grafting

Debridement – the removal of dead tissue from the burn – and split-thickness skin grafting (SSG) is a common technique to treat burn wounds. A well performed debridement is key to success. These steps will take you from preparation to postoperative care.

Burn surgery specifics: large wounds and burns to the face and hands

Much of the information about burn wound surgery can be applied broadly, but there are some specific requirements for high percentage TBSA burn wounds and burns to the face and hands.

Burn wound excision and coverage

There are a number of techniques and methods you can use during burn wound excision and coverage. Many are outlined here, along with information on how to evaluate the burn wound after excision, limit blood loss, select donor sites and perform grafting.

Surgical treatment plan & strategy

Surgery may be required as part of the patient’s treatment plan. Here you will find information on recommended surgical techniques and step-by-step instructions for common surgical techniques used in burn care, from preoperative preparation to postoperative care.