Role of Ultrathin Skin Graft in Early Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison With Conventional Methods

Rahul Shetty, MBBS, MS, MCh, DNB; BS Giridhar, MBBS, MS; Ankush Potphode, MBBS, DNB


Wounds. 2022;34(2):57-67. 

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Ultrathin skin grafting offers early healing of DFUs owing to its growth factor–secreting ability and acts as a primary cover for wound closure. It also requires fewer hospital visits and has a lower total treatment cost compared with conventional dressing treatment. Ultimately, UTSG improves the final outcome of the wound. It is a more straightforward technique than other recent treatment modalities, has a short learning curve, and requires no special equipment other than standard instruments. Cost-effectiveness and availability promote patient adherence to treatment, which makes up for poor follow-up with other treatments.

Ultrathin skin grafting offers a new modality in managing DFUs, which is more feasible than conventional frequent dressing changes. Additional studies are required to prove the present authors' hypothesis.