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Burns And Wounds - 5 Surgical Alternatives For It!

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Dr. Ramakant Bembde 88% (114 ratings)
MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, DNB (Plastic Surgery)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Aurangabad  •  21 years experience
 Burns And Wounds - 5 Surgical Alternatives For It!

Plasic Surgical Alternatives For Burns & other wounds: The branch of plastic surgery that deals with treatment of burns and other wounds is known as reconstructive plastic surgery. There are numerous surgical conditions that fall under this category. What are medical issues caused by burns and wounds? 

Some of the most frequent problems that are caused by burns and similar wounds are as follows: 

  1. Restriction of mobility 
  2. Aesthetic disfigurement and scarring 
  3. Loss of sensation in the affected area 

The different issues are caused by varying kinds of burns and injuries and, hence, each case must be approached in a different manner for remedy. 

Different kinds of plastic surgeries that are used for treatment 

Depending on the nature of the injury, your plastic surgeon may opt for any of the following surgical methods for treating the problem. 

  1. Skin Grafting: In this procedure, partial layer of skin is removed from one part of the body and transplanted to the affected area. This method is used for the treatment of burns. This is called as split-thickness graft
  2. Skin Flap: In this method of reconstruction, entire dermis & subcutaneous tissue are used with its own blood supply. Skin flaps are occasionally used for breast and nose reconstruction. 
  3. Microsurgery: This type of surgery makes the use of a microscope in reconstructive procedures for working on minuscule veins, arteries, and nerves for repairing damaged areas. Microsurgery is often used alongside other surgical procedures for re-attaching amputated body parts like fingers, hand, foot, leg , scalp ,etc treating paralysis of the face and in the reconstruction of breasts, etc. 
  4. Tissue Expansion: This method is used to induce growth of extra skin on the body that can be used for reconstructive purposes. This is done by inserting a balloon expander underneath the skin that slowly gets filled with saline solution and makes the skin stretch & expand. This excess generated skin is then used for correction or reconstruction of the affected area. 
  5. Free Flap Procedure: This microsurgery procedure involves the transfer of skin, bone, muscle along with blood vessels from the donor area to the damaged area for repairing purposes. This is used most frequently for breast reconstruction or after the removal of cancer from the face & neck. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon.
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