Ultrathin Skin Graft in Early Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcer
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a global burden on health care systems. Despite the availability of various treatment
modalities, many DFUs do not heal. Nonhealing wounds can lead to various complications, which add to significant morbidity in terms of the degree of moisture retained in the dressing, pain, foul order, and restriction of daily activities. A different treatment modality that can promote the wound healing process earlier (and is cost-effective, easy to use, and readily available) may be necessary to consider.

A randomized controlled trial was conducted in which 52 patients were treated with either UTSG (test group) or conventional dressing (control group). Both groups were compared by time to healing, number of hospital visits, cost, and final outcome of the wound.

By the end of the 12-week study period, 84.61% of wounds managed with UTSG healed completely, whereas only 53.84% of wounds managed with conventional methods achieved complete healing. The test group achieved a more than 50% wound size reduction within 6 weeks after grafting. There were fewer hospital visits for the test group, indicating this grafting technique was more cost-effective than the control group. UTSG appears to be beneficial in achieving faster healing of DFUs and improving the final outcome of the wound.

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/970761?src=rss