Guthrie plastic and reconstructive surgeons collaborate with the Guthrie Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, nutritionists, home care assistance and social workers to help those who have developed pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are often seen in patients who have spinal cord injuries. Treatments include:
- Skin grafts: a superficial portion of skin without blood supply taken to cover an open wound or defect.
- Local/regional flaps: flaps consisting of muscle to gain soft tissue coverage in areas with severely damaged soft tissue.
- Free flaps (microsurgery): flaps consisting of skin/subcutaneous fat, skin/subcutaneous fat/muscle, skin/subcutaneous fat/ muscle/bone, or only muscle or only bone that are disconnected from their blood supply and reconnected to the blood vessels near the defect to be filled.