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When is surgery necessary to treat skin injuries?

Most skin injuries can be treated at home, but a few severe cases require surgery.
  • Frostbite - If frostbite is severe, surgery can be necessary to remove dead skin. In some cases, very severe frostbite can require the amputation of a limb.
  • Burns - Very severe (third-degree) burns can cause eschars, or thick crusty pieces of skin. In some cases, eschars can make breathing or circulation difficult. In this instance, surgery is necessary to remove the eschar to improve vital body functions.

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