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Wide excision of skin lesions and skin grafting

Follow-up

  • If possible the operated area should be elevated to reduce postoperative edema and bleeding.
  • The sutures are removed after 7-14 days.

Skin graft

  • For a full-thickness graft, the compression bandage should remain untouched for about 1 week.
  • For split-thickness transplants, the compression bandage is to remain untouched for one week if the recipient site is considered clean. If there is danger of infection, the compression bandage should be changed and the graft should be inspected after 2-3 days.
  • VAC bandages are changed/removed after 3-5 days depending on the conditions.

Complications

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Pain

Precautions

  • The skin graft should be protected from trauma and force for 2-3 weeks.
  • Exercises and training which may lead to damage of the graft should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
  • Protect the graft and donor site from sun exposure.

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