Excision and Autografting of Burn Wound

  • Rita D. Shelby
  • Renata B. FabiaEmail author


This chapter describes the surgical procedure for excision and autografting of burn wound as performed by the following approaches: tangential excision of burn wound, harvesting skin graft from donor site and placing harvested graft on prepared burn wound base. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as is found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: removal of unhealthy tissue, hemostasis, and wound coverage.


Pediatric surgery Operative dictation Burns Debridement Split-thickness skin graft Autograft 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Department of Pediatric SurgeryColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Pediatric General SurgeryColumbusUSA

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