Mature Mesh Skin Graft,
What Do You See? No. 17

This image shows the mobility of a mature mesh, split-thickness skin graft on the dorsum of a hand more than one year after surgery. Split thickness skin grafts (which include the epidermis and part of the dermis) are commonly used to cover wounds. When the wound is large, the graft may be perforated with hundreds of tiny holes which allow it to stretch to cover a larger area (mesh graft). Although over time the grafted, meshed skin becomes similarly mobile to normal skin, the mesh appearance remains.

Mature Mesh Skin Graft


ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED READING

Clinical Pearl No. 24 – Tissue Maturity

Clinical Pearl No. 37 – Is Manual Passive Motion Always the Best Treatment Option?

Clinical Pearl No. 31 – Waiting for Tissue to Grow

Clinical Pearl No. 20 – Quantifying Interosseous Muscle Tightness Testing

Clinical Pearl No. 7 – Attaching Interface Mold to Splint Surface

Book Chapter – Principals of Splinting and Splint Prescription – 1996

Book Chapter – Therapist’s Management of the Stiff Hand – 2011

What Do You See? No. 3 – An Impressive Keloid

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