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Post Op Instructions for Skin Graft

Plastic Surgery Skin Graft Instructions

-Do not get your surgical sites wet.

-Ok to take a shower or bath if you can safely keep your surgical sites from getting wet.  Otherwise you should do a sponge bath.

-Keep the dressings in place, Dr. DePerro will do the first dressing change.

-Try to limit activity in the body area or limb where the skin graft is located.

-Avoid direct pressure or shearing forces on the recipient site.

-The donor site usually hurts more than the recipient site, this is normal.

-You may have some oozing from the donor site, this is normal.  You can reinforce the dressing with 4×4’s, gauze pads, or ABD’s as needed.

-The donor site dressing is usually harder to keep in place than the recipient site.

-You may see some shadowing or blood on the donor site dressing.  This is normal and is only a problem if there are signs of active bleeding.

-Smoking causes multiple wound healing complications.  It is very important that you do not smoke and you are not around people that smoke for at least 6 weeks after surgery.  Second hand smoke is just as harmful as if you were to smoke.

-Take you pain medication with food.  This can be with as little as a few crackers.  This will help prevent nausea.

Meet Dr. Michael DePerro

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. DePerro has now moved back to Columbus and opened his plastic and reconstructive surgery practice at the Knightsbridge Surgery Center in 2016. His office is conveniently located at 1830 Bethel Rd. Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43220. Dr. DePerro has privileges at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, and Mount Carmel East/West Hospital. Dr. DePerro and his team share a commitment to quality and innovative plastic and reconstructive surgery and the desire to provide you with the highest standard of care.

Plastic Surgeon in Columbus, OH