Skin Grafts

Princeton Wound Care

When you have a complex wound with tissue loss, you may need a skin graft to get you back to your best health. The team at Princeton Wound Care (PWC) in Princeton, New Jersey, has extensive experience in using skin grafting to treat complex, slow, or nonhealing wounds. In addition to providing care at the Princeton office, PWC offers on-site treatment at rehab centers and assisted-living and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. If your wound requires a skin graft to heal, call the center.

Skin Grafts Q & A

What is a skin graft?

A skin graft is a medical procedure that involves transplanting tissue from a donor or donor site to a new location. The body’s natural healing process integrates the transplanted tissue with established tissues. 

Skin grafts may involve the most superficial layers of skin, called a split-thickness graft, or may involve deeper layers of skin and underlying tissue, also called a full-thickness graft. 

Why do I need a skin graft?

Skin grafting is used as an advanced wound care treatment when your complex, nonhealing, or slow-healing wound involves significant tissue loss. In some cases, wound care requires the removal of dead or infected tissues. This could leave you without enough skin and healthy tissue at the site for your wound to heal properly.

Conditions that may lead to a need for skin grafting include:

  • Complicated surgical wounds
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) wounds
  • Venous leg ulcers 
  • Infected wounds
  • Burns
  • Skin infections
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Cancer-related wounds

The team at PWC often uses skin grafting along with other advanced treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and compression therapy. They personalize your treatment plan to fit your wound care needs to give you the best possible outcome for healing your wound.

What does a skin graft entail?

If your treatment plan includes a skin graft, the team at PWC takes time to explain the risks, benefits, and procedures for treating your wound. Each skin graft is different and specific to your wound. 

While under general anesthesia, the team prepares both the donor and recipient sites, removes tissue from a donor site, and transplants it to the new site. Common donor sites include:

  • Thigh
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Forearm

PWC may also utilize skin graft material from other sources, which may include specially prepared animal tissue or synthetic grafts. Both your donor site and your transplant site are covered with a sterilized dressing and secured using stitches or staples.

Your team gives you specific instructions for caring for your new skin graft and how to identify any complications that may arise. It is vital that you follow these guidelines to ensure the best outcome for your skin graft. 

If you need a skin graft to treat your complex wound, call Princeton Wound Care to discuss your options. Wound Care Services are available at assisted-living facilities and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware.