Name: Skin Grafts and Flaps (compromised)
A skin graft or flap is often required for patients that have areas of skin and other tissues that are injured and too large to heal on their own. Creating a skin graft or flap requires a surgeon to remove skin from one area of the body to repair the area of injury. Many factor increase a person’s risk for needing a skin graft or flap. Burns, widespread infection, skin cancer, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, amputation and mastectomy are all factors that increase the possibility that skin grafting might be required.
Symptoms of Skin Grafts and Flaps
Skin grafts and flaps may become compromised due to insufficient blood flow, effects of smoking, poor nutrition, factors related to aging or infection. Signs of a compromised graft or flap include pain, coolness or a bluish tint of the skin over the graft or flap.
Treating Skin Grafts and Flaps or Treatment of Skin Grafts and Flaps
The treatment of a compromised skin graft or flap is commonly driven by the need to improve circulation of blood flow and oxygen to the compromised graft. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is recommended because it works to directly deliver high levels of oxygen to the compromised graft and to stimulate the growth of new blood vessel (angiogenesis).