Mesh skin graft: Step 5A (large photo)

Mesh skin graft: Step 5A (large photo)

source-image
Dec 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

Remove the graft from the cardboard and place it on the wound so the direction of hair growth on the graft matches that on the skin around the defect.

Suture one edge of the graft to its corresponding wound edge by placing simple interrupted or simple continuous 3-0 or 4-0 monofilament nonabsorbable sutures (nylon or polypropylene). Staples can also be used for this attachment.

Smooth the graft over the wound and attach it to the other wound edges at various points with simple interrupted tacking sutures or staples. Manipulate the graft if needed to determine the best fit. If the mesh holes of the graft are not open when the graft is tacked at the other edges, remove the tacking sutures and trim 2 to 3 mm of skin from this edge of the graft before it is sutured or stapled in place. This trimming helps ensure expansion of the mesh holes for adequate drainage of any fluid (blood, exudate, serum) on the wound surface.

Step by Step Article

ADVERTISEMENT

Photo galleries

Photo gallery: Puppy Bowl XI

FIRSTLINE - Jan 23, 2015

By dvm360.com staff

Check out the loveable, squeezable, puppy-tastic pooches that make up the starting lineup of Puppy Bowl XI.

The 12 days of veterinary clinic Christmas

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Dec 24, 2014

By dvm360.com staff

Take a minute from the hustle for a chuckle and lot of help to get through the holiday season.

How pets spend their winter break

FIRSTLINE - Dec 23, 2014

By dvm360.com staff

Spot the cat in the Christmas tree, go for a snow hike and more with these adventurous animals soaking up the fun during the holidays.