Wounds to the arms and legs can be difficult to treat when tissue or bone loss is significant. SLUCare plastic surgeons provide advanced care in collaboration with other specialists to help patients better manage their condition.
Our plastic surgeons are trained in the use of microsurgery techniques — using high-powered microscopes to connect the tiniest vessels in the body to re-establish circulation or to enable complex nerve reconstruction. Microsurgery can make all the difference in a surgeon’s ability to save a wounded limb, a severed finger, or to relieve the painful swelling of lymphedema. It’s expert-level care backed by the resources of an academic medical practice.
Unstable stump wounds
It takes time to heal a wound that has taken a portion of an arm or leg. Even after the initial healing, the stump wound may not remain healed once a prosthesis is introduced. It is not uncommon for painful sites or sores to develop. Working closely with orthopedic surgeons and local prosthetists, SLUCare plastic surgeons use techniques, such as local tissue rearrangement, excision of painful nerve-end scars and extracellular matrix wound healing products, to create a more durable wound and encourage optimal healing.
Following an injury, patients can develop tissue overgrowth in the legs, resulting in massive fluid swelling (edema). To relieve this condition, SLUCare plastic surgeons work with the patient's primary care doctor to manage the edema, then provide surgical resection of the excess tissues.
Infections of the bone (osteomyelitis) can sometimes cause damage to surrounding tissues, which then fail to heal. Together with infectious disease specialists and orthopedic surgeons, SLUCare plastic surgeons work to control and treat the infection, then provide stable coverage of the wound. We use the latest advances in surgical flap therapy, along with regenerative medicine techniques, to promote effective healing.
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