A simple solution for wound coverage by skin stretching.

@article{Ismavel2011ASS,
  title={A simple solution for wound coverage by skin stretching.},
  author={Ravichand Ismavel and Sumant Samuel and Palapattu R J V C Boopalan and Samuel B. Chittaranjan},
  journal={Journal of orthopaedic trauma},
  year={2011},
  volume={25 3},
  pages={127-32}
}
Viscoelastic properties of skin, ie, creep and stress relaxation, allow it to stretch beyond its normal state within a short period of time. Presented here is a technique of "wound coverage by skin stretching" that uses this principle. Kirschner wires were passed through the skin edges on either side of the wound margins. Dynamic traction was applied with traction bands improvised by the surgeon from surgical glove wrist rings. We used this method in eight patients to close 10 wounds that were… CONTINUE READING

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