What is a skin graft?

Skin grafting is a type of surgery. Patches of skin are attached over a wound to help it heal. To perform a skin graft, surgeons remove healthy skin from a patient’s body and attach it to the wounded area.

Who do skin grafts usually affect?

Doctors prescribe a skin graft when an area of skin is so damaged that it may not be able to regenerate on its own. There are several traumatic injuries, medical conditions and post-surgical procedures that may require skin grafts as part of the treatment process. Skin grafting is only one means of reconstructing a defect in the skin, regardless of the cause of the defect. Most commonly, it is used for reconstruction after the surgical removal of cutaneous malignancies; however, skin grafts are also used to cover chronic non-healing cutaneous ulcers, to replace tissue lost in full-thickness burns, and to restore hair to areas of alopecia.

What are common symptoms of a compromised skin graft?

Unfortunately, some skin grafts can form infections in the area between the donor skin and the wound. Fluid can build up underneath the donor skin, preventing it from successfully attaching to the wound site.

What are the traditional treatments for compromised skin grafts?

In these cases, the graft is said to “fail,” and will need to be reattempted with a new batch of donor skin.

Why are skin grafts amenable to oxygen therapy and what benefits can be expected?

Skin grafts take time to heal — this applies to both the donor site and the graft area. And unfortunately, grafts don’t always work the first time. Skin cannot survive without oxygen. The best way to infuse skin cells with oxygen and other nutrients is through the blood. Healthy, living skin is full of tiny blood vessels that channel the body’s blood supply to grow new skin cells and sustain older ones.For a skin graft to heal, it must grow and activate new blood vessels. In a successful graft, this regeneration process begins as quickly as 36 hours after surgery.Because oxygen is so important to the healing process, some doctors prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Inside a hyperbaric chamber, the patient is exposed to a 100 percent oxygen environment at twice the normal atmospheric pressure. These intense blasts of pure oxygen can speed the healing process of skin grafts.

If you would like to talk with us about how HBOT may be of benefit to you,
please click here and complete the Prospective Patient Inquiry Form.

Inquiry Form

Disclaimer: The information provided does not constitute a medical recommendation. It is intended for informational purposes only, and no claims, either real or implied, are being made.

In the News...

New Evidence That Girls Take Longer to Recover from Concussions

New Evidence That Girls Take Longer to Recover from Concussions

Not only are young girls and adolescent female athletes more likely to suffer concussions in contact sports, but they also take longer to recover. This is according to new research published by John Neidecker, a sports medicine physician with the Orthopedic...
Joe Namath Says 12 is Too Early for Contact Football

Joe Namath Says 12 is Too Early for Contact Football

Football legend Joe Namath (number 12) says that based on what we now know about the brain damage caused by playing contact football, young people should not participate, at the least not before age 12. His concerns are not only based on current medical research, but...
It’s Not Just About Concussions: New Study Links Youth Football Leads to Later Behavioral Problems

It’s Not Just About Concussions: New Study Links Youth Football Leads to Later Behavioral Problems

Concussions and obvious brain injuries sustained on the football field may only be the tip of the iceberg. New research suggests that ANY exposure to tackle football before the age of 12 puts a child at increased risk of behavioral problems and depression later in...
Emergency HBOT for TBI to be Studied at Temple University Hospital

Emergency HBOT for TBI to be Studied at Temple University Hospital

THU (Temple University Hospital) and the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center are planning a clinical trial to explore use of HBOT emergency care for Traumatic Brain Injury. HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) has long been regarded as the...
Concussion in Female Athletes Linked to Menstrual Irregularities

Concussion in Female Athletes Linked to Menstrual Irregularities

Young female athletes who suffer concussion may experience abnormal menstrual patterns and irregular bleeding, according to recent research by Anthony P. Kontos, PhD, of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This