Reconstructive Burn Surgery: Skin Burns

The purpose of the reconstructive (plastic) surgery after extensive burns is to correct the cosmetic defects caused by deep lesions of the skin and underlying tissues. The treatment is commenced only after complete healing of scars. As a preoperative preparation, the patient may be recommended a physiotherapy complex, accelerating the regeneration processes. Selection of a particular plastics method depends on the size and location of lesions.

Reconstructive Surgery Options

The foreign clinics widely use the following reconstructions:

  1. Skin transplantation. Using a special tool, dermatome, the surgeon cuts a healthy section of skin (usually from the buttocks or inner thigh) and transfers the same to the affected area. After transplantation, the transplanted tissue begins to form its own blood vessels. The healing process can take 3 to 6 weeks. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia.
  2. Flap surgery. Upon deep lesions, the skin is transplanted together with the underlying connective tissue. Using advanced microsurgery techniques, the experts connect the blood vessels of the graft with blood vessels in the transplant area. Scars after flap surgery are generally less noticeable than after skin transplantation.
  3. Tissue stretching. It is often used for burns of the head, neck and limbs. The surgeon places a balloon under the healthy skin near the lesion, which is filled with saline regularly. Gradually expanding, the balloon stretches the skin. The resulting extra flaps of the tissue are excised and transplanted to the burn site. This approach allows obtaining transplants identical to the damaged skin by color, texture and sensitivity.
  4. Z-plastic. It is used to remove the small scars on the face and hands. The affected area is Z-cut, and then the tissue flaps are cuts out and moved so that they closed the burn site completely.
  5. Laser resurfacing. Using the laser, the experts remove the top layer of the skin, which allows to reduce the post-burn deformation visually.

The tactics of restorative treatment is developed individually in each case after a detailed examination of the patient.

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    University Hospital RWTH Aachen

    9.7/10 from 41 Votes

    Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery

    The Department of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery specializes in four areas: reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, hand surgery and burn surgery. A particular focus is on the surgery of skin tumors and soft tissues, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of female breast.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Aachen

    University Hospital Giessen UKGM

    9.5/10 from 35 Votes

    Department of Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery

    The Department of Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Giessen offers both surgical and conservative treatment of the entire spectrum of trauma surgery, orthopedics and sports medicine at the highest possible level.

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    location_searchingCity: Giessen

    University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

    9.2/10 from 92 Votes

    Department of Traumatology, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

    The Department of Trauma, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf focuses on operative preservation and reconstruction of bones, organs and tissues damaged in accidents.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Hamburg

    University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

    9.2/10 from 40 Votes

    Department of General Surgery, Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery

    The Department of General, Trauma- and Reconstructive Surgery is a modern acute hospital of the maximum degree medical care with operating halls at the highest technical level.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Munich

    Academic Hospital Bogenhausen

    9.2/10 from 43 Votes

    Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand Surgery and Burn Surgery

    The department of plastic, reconstructive, hand surgery and burn surgery displace or transplant body issues with modern surgical techniques. Fields of application are the aesthetic surgery, the breast and hand surgery or surgery of congenital malformations.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Munich

    University Hospital Erlangen

    9.1/10 from 51 Votes

    Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery

    The Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery offers the full range of modern plastic surgery that covers esthetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, burn surgery, craniofacial surgery and hand surgery. All the fields involve the use of microsurgical methods, laser surgery and endoscopy.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Erlangen

    Hirslanden Multispecialty Clinic Aarau

    8.9/10 from 15 Votes

    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    A person’s inner and outer self are linked by complex interactions: satisfaction with your appearance increases self-confidence and this, in the end, is the secret behind that radiance which is perceived as beauty in the eye of the beholder.

    location_onCountry: Switzerland
    location_searchingCity: Aarau

    Hirslanden Hospital Meggen

    8.5/10 from 39 Votes

    Surgery, plastic surgery, handsurgery, vascular surgery

    The clinic has accredited about 30 free practice doctors. The doctors that rent the beds for their patients work in different fields of medicine. The clinic has three operating rooms with modern equipment. There are 11 first-class hotel-type rooms and a day hospital with 11 beds at the clinic.

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    location_searchingCity: Meggen

    St. Antonius Hospital

    8.3/10 from 8 Votes

    Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

    The Department specializes in plastic, aesthetic, and breast surgery. It also offers a wide range of modern surgical procedures for treatment of patients with the most diverse diseases and injuries/results of injuries to the hands and upper limbs.

    location_onCountry: Germany
    location_searchingCity: Eschweiler

    Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Steele

    7.3/10 from 40 Votes

    Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

    The reconstruction of limb and trunk injuries primarily deals with the closure of soft tissue defects, caused as a result of traumas or tumor masses, including the period of cancer treatment. The various methods are applied upon that.

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    location_searchingCity: Essen

    Hannover Medical School

    9.8/10 from 43 Votes

    Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic Surgery and Hand Surgery

    The Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic Surgery and Hand Surgery at the Hannover Medical School offers the full range of modern plastic surgery including surgical treatment of burns.

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