Arch Plast Surg.  2019 Nov;46(6):603-607. 10.5999/aps.2019.00745.

Preparation of harvested skin using the Versajet Hydrosurgery System in full-thickness skin grafts

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. mdshin7@naver.com

Abstract

During a full-thickness skin graft procedure, the thickness of the harvested donor skin is adjusted based on the location of the recipient site and the judgment of the surgeon. Conventionally, the thickness of the harvested skin is roughly adjusted using surgical instruments such as scalpels and scissors. However, this method is not only time-consuming, but also requires effort to obtain both the desired thickness of the harvested skin and a smooth surface of that skin. Moreover, there is a possibility of skin perforation. Hence, the authors devised a method of adjusting harvested skin thickness using the Versajet Hydrosurgery System. The Versajet device is a handheld hydrosurgical tool that delivers a high-speed jet stream of saline solution, which enables the precise debridement of tissue. This method makes it easier and faster for the surgeon to obtain the desired thickness of harvested skin. In addition, by obtaining a smooth surface and an even thickness of harvested donor skin, this technique may lead to improved graft viability.

Keyword

Skin transplantation; Wounds and Injuries; Wound healing

MeSH Terms

Debridement
Humans
Judgment
Methods
Rivers
Skin Transplantation
Skin*
Sodium Chloride
Surgical Instruments
Tissue Donors
Transplants*
Wound Healing
Wounds and Injuries
Sodium Chloride
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