foot grafts

According to D-Foot International, 1 in 11 adults have diabetes in the US, people with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to experience an amputation compared to those who do not have diabetes. And foot ulceration is a growing problem in people with diabetes and is the leading cause of hospitalization and limb amputations. However, more and more Skin grafts and tissue replacements can be used to reconstruct skin defects for people with diabetic foot ulcers in addition to providing them with standard care. So, what exactly is skin? Skin grafting is a surgical procedure that involves removing skin from one area of the body and moving it, or transplanting it, to infected area of the body. This surgery may be done if a part of your body has lost its protective covering of skin due to burns, injury, or illness such as diabetes.

There are two basic types of skin grafts: split-thickness and full-thickness grafts. The difference between a full-thickness skin graft and a split-thickness skin graft is the amount of skin taken from one part of the body. There is a lot of work involved in these procedures. On the donor area of the body, the epidermis and some of the dermis is carefully and gradually removed, leaving behind some epithelial cell, like hair follicles, sebaceous glands and sweat glands are left behind so that they can assist the donor area in order to heal and restore graft naturally. During a split-thickness skin graft, it will be the opposite. The surgeon will remove a thin layer of skin from a healthy part of your body also known as the donor site and use it to close the surgical site that needs to be covered. The donor area of partial thickness skin grafts usually takes about two weeks to heal, and for the full thickness skin grafts, donor area may take about 5 day to 10 days to heal, usually because it’s a smaller area and closed with stitches.

Skin grafts and tissue replacement products can help heal diabetic foot ulcers in some cases, and may also slightly reduce the numbers of future amputations. Foot ulcers are common and can be hard to treat, but failure to heal them carries high risk for amputation and mortality.

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