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.
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.
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.