At Bel Air Center
For Plastic and Hand
Tissue Transfer and Transplant
About Tissue Transplant
Transferring tissue from one part of a patient’s body to another, or transplanting tissue from a donor can provide an ideal way to restore appearance to patients recovering from cancer treatment, traumatic injury or burns.
There are several types of tissue flaps that may be used. Some include:
Local Tissue Flaps – a piece of tissue with a blood supply that can be used to cover an open wound taken from a similar location on the body.
Free Tissue Flaps – a section of tissue that is removed from one part of the body and that is reattached to the repair site (including the blood supply) using microsurgical techniques.
Composite Tissue Grafts – involves using a specially prepared tissue that is created from human skin but is treated to prevent rejection at the recipient site.
Tissue transplants – involve transplantation of tissue from one part of the body to another in order to rebuild bone, ligaments, etc.
This procedure allows your body to “grow” extra skin that will be used for reconstructive procedures.In order to stretch the skin, a medical device called a balloon expander is inserted under the skin, near the area that will be reconstructed. Periodically, this balloon is filled with saline solution, which slowly causes the skin to stretch. After enough extra skin is available, it will be used to reconstruct the affected body part.