Exploring The Potential Of Acellular Dermis Grafts For Wound Healing And Soft Tissue Repair

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Author(s): 
J. Palmer Branch, DPM, FACFAS

In Conclusion

Acellular dermis grafts are useful and versatile tools to have in one’s surgical armamentarium. A thorough understanding of the basic science of wound and graft healing, particularly how the grafts serve as scaffolds for new tissue ingrowth, enhances the ability to use these grafts more effectively. Although still very useful in wound healing, additional applications of acellular dermis grafts including tendon repair, ligament reconstruction, soft tissue supplementation and joint resurfacing should be given due consideration in surgical planning to optimize patient outcomes.

   Dr. Branch is in private practice with several offices in the Atlanta area. He is board certified in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

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