Treatment of large distal extremity skin wounds with autogenous full-thickness mesh skin grafts in 5 cats

Siegfried, R.; Schmökel, Hugo; Rytz, Ulrich; Spreng, David; Schawalder, Peter (2004). Treatment of large distal extremity skin wounds with autogenous full-thickness mesh skin grafts in 5 cats. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 146(6), pp. 277-283. Huber

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Five cats with large, distal extremity abrasion wounds were treated with an autogenous, full-thickness, mesh skin graft. Survival of the mesh grafts in all five cats was considered between 90 and 100%. Successful grafting requires asepsis, an adequately prepared recipient bed consisting of healthy granulation tissue, proper harvesting and preparation of the graft, meticulous surgical technique and strict postoperative care. Factors that are essential for the survival of skin grafts include good contact between the graft and the recipient bed, normal tension on the sutured graft, strict immobilization after grafting and prevention of accumulation of blood or serum under the graft. Meshing the graft provides more graft flexibility over uneven surfaces and allows adequate drainage. In contrast to previous proposals, the authors recommend no bandage change before the fourth day after grafting. Full-thickness mesh skin grafting can be used to successfully treat large distal skin wounds in cats.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Surgery
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic

UniBE Contributor:

Schmökel, Hugo; Rytz, Ulrich; Spreng, David and Schawalder, Peter

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simone Forterre

Date Deposited:

26 Sep 2014 09:08

Last Modified:

26 Sep 2014 09:08

PubMed ID:

15248347

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/58575

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