Ann Plast Surg 2017 Feb 14. Epub 2017 Feb 14.
From the *Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital; †Department of Surgery, Tzu-Chi University, Hualien; and ‡Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Dalin General Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan.
Background: Numerous conventional wound reconstruction methods, such as wound undermining with direct suture, skin graft, and flap surgery, can be used to treat large wounds. The adequate undermining of the skin flaps of a wound is a commonly used technique for achieving the closure of large tension wounds; however, the use of tension to approximate and suture the skin flaps can cause ischemic marginal necrosis. The purpose of this study is to use elastic rubber bands to relieve the tension of direct wound closure for simultaneously minimizing the risks of wound dehiscence and wound edge ischemia that lead to necrosis. Read More