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Skin Grafting for Wounds

Skin grafting is a surgical procedure that involves removing skin from one area of the body and moving it to a different area of the body. This surgery may be done if a part of your body has lost its protective covering of skin due to burns, injury, or illness.
Skin grafts are performed in a hospital. Most skin grafts involve general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure and won’t feel any pain.

Why are skin grafts done?

A skin graft is placed over an area of the body where the skin has been lost. Common reasons for a skin graft include:

  • Treating deep burns
  • Removing lesions from a skin disease
  • Closing large, open wounds
  • Treating pressure injuries or bed sores, or other ulcers on the skin that haven’t healed well
  • Skin cancer surgery

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