Use of skin grafting in the foot

C Attinger Department of Otolaryngology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20007-2197.

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Skin grafting is a useful adjunct to treating open wounds. It not only provides rapid wound coverage, but also eliminates the pain and the risk of further infection associated with open wounds. A successful skin graft take requires a well vascularized and relatively sterile bed, as well as complete resolution of any surrounding infection. The author reviews the indications and techniques for obtaining a successful skin graft take.