Skin grafts now thing of the past

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TESS IKONOMOU

CHIL­DREN suf­fer­ing from burn in­juries will now be able to be treated with a new C02 frac­tional laser in­stead of re­quir­ing a skin graft.

Three of the Townsville Hospi­tal’s pae­di­atric sur­geons have com­pleted train­ing us­ing the equip­ment and will be­gin us­ing it in op­er­at­ing the­atres this month.

Di­rec­tor of pae­di­atric surgery Dr Dan Car­roll said the tech­nol­ogy would sig- nif­i­cantly in­crease the re­cov­ery pe­riod for about 100 pa­tients ev­ery year.

“In the past we’d need to go in and re­move these con­trac­tions, straighten the limb or af­fected area and then per­form a skin graft,” he said.

“This piece of equip­ment uses a laser to break the col­la­gen in the scar mak­ing it softer and more elas­tic so that we will achieve the same re­sult with­out the need for a skin graft.

“The new equip­ment al­lows us to work with the scar to im­prove out­comes rather than re­sort­ing to surgery.”

Townsville Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager Judy Hig­gins- Olsen said the equip­ment was an early gift for young pa­tients.

The Townsville Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion suc­cess­fully ap­plied for $ 35,000 through Glen­core’s com­mu­nity in­vest­ment pro­gram with the re­main­ing $ 35,000 funded by the Townsville Hospi­tal.

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