Treatment of the burned hand: Early surgical treatment (1975-85) vs. conservative treatment (1964-74). A comparative study

D. Mahler, P. Benmeir, Y. Ben Yakar, B. Greber, A. Sagi, D. Hauben, L. Rosenberg, B. Sarov

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Abstract

Our experience with early tangential excision and grafting for burns of the hands is presented. The advantages of the early surgical approach are proven by comparing this technique with the 'old' conservative treatment in two different populations. It is clearly concluded that early excision and grafting, combined with adequate physiotherapy and pressure garments, offer favourable results for the burned hand. Early excision of the burn eschar, before the appearance of contamination, may prevent infection, long and unfavourable delay in healing, scar formation with its incapacitating sequellae and a non-aesthetic appearance. Such a delay was characteristic of the 'conservative period', which was dominated by 'fibroblast', 'good granulation tissue', and hypertrophic scarring. Early surgery, as described and advocated here, shortens the healing time, lessens the hospital stay, minimizes reconstructive surgery and leads to a good functioning hand with a reasonable aesthetic appearance, enabling the affected patient to return quickly to work and normal routine life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalBurns
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

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