Optimizing the Patient for Surgical Treatment of the Wound

Wesley T. Myers, Mimi Leong, Linda G. Phillips

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Plastic surgeons are consulted often to close wounds that fail or are difficult to heal. Optimizing the patient's medical condition before surgical closure of a wound can mean the difference between a successful outcome and an undesirable one. It is imperative that plastic surgeons have an extensive knowledge of the modifiable risk factors affecting the wound-healing process and their subsequent complications. This knowledge allows the surgeon to tailor the treatment options and intervene when appropriate to optimize outcomes for successful surgical closure of a wound. Whether the impairments to wound healing and closure are local or systemic, they must be addressed appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-620
Number of pages14
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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