Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-18

The dermatotraction technique for closure of fasciotomy wound

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Kannur Medical College and Hospital, Kannur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Surgery, Kannur Medical College and Hospital, Kannur, Kerala, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2319-2585.155912

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Management of an open wound is a problem frequently encountered in the treatment of fractures. Skin grafting, rotational flaps, free flaps, and healing by secondary intention add a considerable amount of morbidity and cost to the patient. Therefore, it is ideal to obtain primary closure when possible. This communication describes a technique that uses 1-0 prolene suture material, skin stapler and the natural stretching ability of the skin to enable primary closure of wounds. The technique described uses dermatotraction to stretch the skin, is a cost-effective way to achieve primary closure of large wounds with supplies that are readily available in every operating room.

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