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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.

Escharotomy & fasciotomy: Acute burn surgery

Following a full thickness burn, pressure on the underlying tissue may increase due to the skin shrinking and an edema forming. In the acute setting, a surgical procedure can alleviate this pressure: an escharotomy (an incision to the depth of the subcutaneous fat) or a fasciotomy (an incision through the deeper underlying fascial layers).