LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Harvesting split skin graft from degloved
skin—why waste dermis?
Katie R. Sherry
Received: 2 September 2010 / Accepted: 17 October 2010 /Published online: 22 December 2010
Mopuri et al. describe a technique for harvesting a split
skin graft from degloved skin, but have totally missed the
point about how best to manage the degloved skin.
McGrowther and Sully describe the use of the Gibson–
Ross dermatome because the whole point is to convert the
degloved skin into a full-thickness skin graft which will
give a much better cosmetic and functional result than a
split skin graft.
If the skin surface of the degloved skin is damaged, it
would be unsuitable for taking a split skin graft, yet as long
as the dermis/fat interface is undamaged, it can still be used
as a Wolfe graft.
The take of properly defatted degloved skin is excellent.
Why waste precious dermis?
1. Mopuri N, Srinivasan J, Magdum A (2010) Harvesting split skin
graft from degloved skin - a refined technique. Eur J Plast Surg
K. R. Sherry (*)
Queen Victoria Hospital,
Holtye Road, East Grinstead,
West Sussex( RH19 3DZ( England, United Kingdom
K. R. Sherry
Eur J Plast Surg (2011) 34:219