Tips, Quips, and Pearls| Volume 49, ISSUE 4, P404-407, July 2010

VERSAJETtm Hydrosurgery Technique for the Preparation of Full Thickness Skin Grafts and the Creation of Retrograde Split Thickness Skin Grafts

  • Christopher Bibbo
    Address correspondence to: Christopher Bibbo, DPM, DO, Marshfield Clinic, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Chief, Foot & Ankle Section, Department of Orthopaedics, 1000 North Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449.
    Chief, Foot & Ankle Section, Department of Orthopaedics, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI; Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
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      Full- and split-thickness skin grafts continue to serve a vital role in lower extremity wound coverage, and meticulous preparation of the recipient site is vital to incorporation of the transplanted skin. A technique for the rapid, controlled preparation of full-thickness skin grafts and creation of thick-split thickness skin grafts from full-thickness donor tissue, using a high-pressure stream of saline solution, is described.


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