What are the disadvantages of skin grafts for pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Split-thickness skin grafts can be used to repair shallow defects and pressure injuries, but their main disadvantage is that they provide only a skin barrier. When applied directly to granulating bone, skin grafts quickly erode, thus precluding healing. They also cause scars in the area from which the skin is harvested, and the transplanted skin is never as tough as the original skin.


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