Scar tissue at a wound site can cause limited mobility, loss of sensation, and be cosmetically unappealing, all of which can affect your day-to-day life and diminish your feelings of self-confidence. A properly cared for wound can help restore both function and sensation to a wound site in addition to restoring a more normal appearance.
Dr. Gonzalez offers several types of wound care treatments to help improve how you look and feel:
- Skin grafting. Most commonly used for burn patients, skin grafting involves removing skin from one area of the body (a donor site) and transplanting it to the wound site.
- Microsurgery: Simply stated, microsurgery is a procedure in which Dr. Gonzalez uses a microscope to assist him during reconstructive procedures. Microsurgery is commonly used to repair damaged nerves and arteries or to reattach an amputated finger, relieve facial paralysis, or during breast reconstruction.
- Free flap procedure: A free flap procedure is commonly performed during breast reconstruction or following surgery to remove a head or neck cancer. During the procedure, muscle, skin, and/or bone are transferred, along with the original blood supply, from one area of the body (donor site) to the surgical site in order to reconstruct the area.
- Tissue expansion: Tissue expansion is a medical procedure that enables your body to “grow” extra skin for use in reconstructive procedures. Most commonly used for breast reconstruction, tissue expansion is accomplished by inserting a device called a balloon expander under the skin near the area to be reconstructed. The balloon expander is then filled with saline solution to encourage the skin to stretch. Once the desired volume of skin has been reached, it is then used to correct or reconstruct the damaged body part.
Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to helping patients regain the use and appearance of wound sites. He will be happy to consult with you personally to arrive at the best treatment plan for your situation.