What factors may cause problems with a split-thickness skin graft (STSG)?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Many factors may cause problems with a STSG. Risk factors include bleeding, infection, nerve injury, and sloughing of graft. Accumulation of fluid underneath the graft may cause graft failure, as will infection. The grafts are normally sutured into place by the surgeon and are dressed for up to 2 weeks. The area is then immobilized to prevent shearing injury. 

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