Use of vascular clips to approximate skin grafts.


During excisions of acute burn wounds, attention to aesthetic detail often is secondary to the goal of rapid gross coverage. Expeditious approximation of adjacent skin grafts has long presented a problem to surgeons. Some surgeons simply place the grafts next to each other, relying on the intervening areas to "scar in". Others use staples to hold grafts together. These staples, however, can become buried under healed grafts and can cause "foreign body" reactions in the months and years ahead. In addition, staples cause bleeding beneath the newly placed grafts, contributing to hematoma formation. Still other surgeons suture or tape adjacent pieces of skin graft together, a tedious exercise. The cosmetic result of these techniques is often less than optimal resulting in the unfortunately familiar "patchwork quilt" appearance of grafts interweaved among scars. Vascular clips have proven to be useful for holding adjacent pieces of skin graft together.

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@article{Perry1988UseOV, title={Use of vascular clips to approximate skin grafts.}, author={Arthur W. Perry and Cleon W. Goodwin and Julia L Finkelstein and Michael Madden and Thomas J. Krizek}, journal={The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation}, year={1988}, volume={9 5}, pages={490-1} }