Skin and Bone Grafting
Dr. Zuckerman employs a skin graft to treat wounds that are too wide and difficult to close. Patients who have missing bones can also have a bone graft from Dr. Zuckerman which can replace bones with a substitute made from state-of-the-art materials. Dr. Zuckerman is an experienced specialists in these types of procedures and can reconstruct skin and bone after traumatic injury.
Please contact Dr. Zuckerman's skin and bone grafting team, serving New York patients and those from around the world. Dr. Zuckerman and his team can provide you with more information in a one-on-one consultation on procedures designed to treat the effects of burns and trauma on skin and bone structure.
A skin graft is a patch of healthy skin taken from an area of your body called a donor site. Skin graft procedures are designed to help those who suffer from traumatic injury and wounds that are difficult or even impossible to close with traditional methods.
The three basic types of skin grafts include:
Split-Thickness Skin Graft
A common procedure to treat severe burn wounds, the split-thickness skin graft uses layers of close-to-the-surface skin. Donor sites are chosen in the least conspicuous areas when possible; however, the location of the skin graft area will depend in part by the size and color of the skin patch which is needed. Skin in the donor area will grow back, but it may be slightly lighter in pigmentation.
Full-Thickness Skin Graft
Deep and large burns may be treated by a full-thickness skin graft. This treatment can also cover jointed areas where maximum skin movement and elasticity are required. During this procedure, a full-thickness (all skin layers) section of skin is lifted from the donor site by Dr. Zuckerman. Patients can expect a thin-line scar from direct wound closure at the donor site.
Composite Skin Graft
When a wound needs more underlying support to cover it, a composite skin graft is often used. This requires the lifting of all layers of skin, fat, and sometimes underlying cartilage from the donor area. Patients can expect a straight-line scar after the donor site has been closed; however, this should fade with time.
Patients who have lost bone from traumatic injury or other causes can have replacement bone grafts performed to reconstruct the affected area. Replacement bone can be composed of artificial, synthetic, or natural materials. Autogenous bone (bone material taken from your own body) may also be used to replace missing bone. Bone grafting is designed to not only replace what has been lost, but also to help your body regrow lost bone by adding strength to the grafted area. New bone growth creates a bridge between the graft material and your existing bone. Your own newly developed bone should eventually replace much of the material that has been grafted.