Skin Grafting Procedure & Recovery
Skin grafts are performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. Dr. Furze begins the procedure by removing healthy skin from the selected donor site, which is usually an area of the body that is concealed by clothing. After the healthy skin is removed, Dr. Furze carefully places it over the transplant area, taking care to align the skin to achieve the most natural result possible. Then he will suture the skin in place and cover it with a surgical dressing. Patients who receive a full-thickness graft will stay in the hospital for 1 – 2 weeks, while those receiving a split-thickness graft can often leave after 3 or 4 days. During this time, Dr. Furze will closely monitor the patient to ensure that blood vessels are developing in the graft and connecting to the skin. If this doesn’t occur, another graft may be required. Pain medications are given during the hospital stay and may be required for some time after the patient has been discharged. The donor site typically heals within 2 – 3 weeks and the graft site heals within 4 weeks. During this time it is important to protect both sites and avoid any activities that could injure the areas. Dr. Furze provides his facial skin graft patients with specific instructions to follow to help them they heal adequately and comfortably.