Volume 26 - Issue 3 - March 2013
Could split thickness skin grafts (STSGs) be beneficial in improving wound healing in patients with diabetes? These authors explore the viability of STSGs in this population and offer a step-by-step guide for using this modality. They also discuss the emergence of indocyanine green angiography to help enhance grafting results.
News and Trends »
Diabetes Watch »
Body mass index is an objective patient finding that is known to correlate with not only the development and outcome of diabetic foot ulceration but also perioperative and long-term patient morbidity and mortality.1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2010 that 35.7 percent of United States adults and almost 17 percent of youth are defined as obese based on the body mass index (BMI).2-4 Put bluntly, obese patients have worse clinical and surgical outcomes following the development of lower extremity pathology.
Surgical Pearls »
Tendon and ligament pathologies are extremely common in the adult population. Eleven percent of runners experience Achilles tendinopathy with seven out of 100,000 people sustaining a rupture. There are 1 million ankle injuries per year, 85 percent of which are ankle sprains. The total cost of tendon and ligament treatment is approximately $30 billion per year in the United States alone.1 The medical community has actively sought the augmentation of these repairs and the response by orthobiologic companies has been great.