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You may recall that a skin graft involves taking a piece of skin from one area of the body and using that skin to cover the original wound (link to blog post Oct 4). The graft relies on the blood supply of the wound bed to get nutrition. During the first few days after the grafted skin is placed, the graft will “drink” from the wound bed, hence the term imbibition. By day 3 to 5, the graft has usually created adhesions to the wound bed.
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First, let’s back up. Tissue is sent for pathology to answer one of two questions: “what is it?” or “did I get it all?” The question of “what is it?” is answered with the initial sampling, or biopsy. A piece of skin (or other tissue) is removed from a patient, preserved (or “fixed”) in formalin, sliced into thin pieces, stained so that cellular detail can be seen and then examined under the microscope. In dermatology, biopsies are performed to diagnose rashes as well as to evaluate for ...
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Usually, excisional wounds are created with an ellipse: where the length of the wound is about 2-4 times longer than the width. This allows the wound to be closed without “bunching” of the ends. When closing these elliptical wounds, the initial suture is usually placed in the middle, widest and most difficult portion of the wound to close. This is known as the rule of halves:
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Newly published research in the Journal of Clinical Biomechanics supports using novel devices, such as the SUTUREGARD® ISR Retention Suture Device and the HEMIGARD™ Adhesive Retention Suture Device, to initiate approximation of high-tension surgical wounds. Learn more about Suturegard devices!
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Retention sutures are heavy gauge percutaneous sutures, used in high tension wound closures to support primary wound closure. Typically, the term “retention suture” has been used in the general surgical literature to discuss closure of open, complex laparotomy wounds. Learn more about our bridges!
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Patrick Dillon is a very active man who is often in the beautiful San Juan Mountains near his SW Colorado home as a master nature photographer (as shown above). One unfortunate side effect of being outdoors at elevation with sun exposure is skin cancer risk, and one day this happened.
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SUTUREGARD® Medical, Inc is pleased to announce that it will be presenting at the MEDICA International Trade Fair. The fair, which runs from 18 to 21 November in Düsseldorf, Germany, will present a platform for more than 5,000 exhibitors to display innovative products and ideas. It is a vital opportunity for the company to showcase the SUTUREGARD® ISR Retention Suture Device, a patented technology that aids in surgical closure of high-tension wounds through rapid tissue expansion.
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By: Dan Ladizinsky, MD, CEO, SUTUREGARD Medical, Retired Board Certification in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, with Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, Former Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Undermining is a surgical technique that mechanically separates the skin & superficial subcutaneous fat as one layer, away from its underlying soft tissues. Undermining can be done in a superficial or deep subcutaneous plane if you want to learn more about why not to us...
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A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is one of the most common skin cancers. Every year, there are over 4 million BCC diagnosed in the United States. While BCC is very common, it rarely spreads to internal organs or lymph nodes. However, it can be locally destructive and invade the tissue around it.
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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer. While basal cell carcinoma (BCC) rarely spreads to internal organs, SCC can spread to lymph nodes & internal organs. Much like BCC, SCC is associated with ultraviolet light damage & is more common in fair-skinned individuals.
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