Advertisement

When is a split-thickness skin graft (STSG) used?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

A STSG is useful for wounds throughout the body and extremities. Applications include: diabetic wounds, burns, pressure ulcers, extremity wounds, and decubitus ulcers. These grafts can be used for either intermittent or permanent coverage. Large skin area loss including large burn areas normally are covered with STSG. In general these grafts are not as useful on the face or for hand or digit coverage due to increased contraction. The donor site will re-epithelialize over 6 weeks. The grafts may hypo or hyperpigment on the face leading to poor color match. 

Continue Learning about Non-Diagnostic Surgical Procedures

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
Dr. Justin D. Harmon, DODr. Justin D. Harmon, DO
The main benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are less blood loss and quicker recovery. It's a very ...
More Answers
What are the side effects of esophageal surgery?
SwedishSwedish
The biggest side effect of esophageal surgery is difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia. Therefore, it ...
More Answers
What are the risks of donating peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC)?
Piedmont Heart InstitutePiedmont Heart Institute
Unlike bone marrow donation, PBSC donation does not require anesthesia. The medication that is given...
More Answers
How do skin grafts help burns?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Skin grafts are large pieces of skin sewn over burns to help healing. By covering the burn, it prote...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.