A cross-sectional study of long-term satisfaction after surgery for congenital syndactyly: does skin grafting influence satisfaction?

Ferrari, B. R. & Werker, P. M. N., Mar-2019, In : Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume). 44, 3, p. 296-303 8 p.

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Syndactyly correction without skin grafting is advocated because it prevents graft-related complications and donor site morbidity. In this cross-sectional study, we compared satisfaction among patients who underwent correction with and without skin grafting to determine preference based on subjective and objective parameters. Retrospective chart analysis was performed among 27 patients (49 webs) who were seen at follow-up after a median follow-up period of 7.4 years, at which the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale, the Withey score and a satisfaction survey were used. Notably, there were no significant differences in complication rates or observer rated scar scores. Although the need for an additional surgical procedure was higher after skin grafting, patient-rated satisfaction scores were similar irrespective of the use of grafting. Our data suggest that corrections can best be performed without skin grafts if seeking to minimize the need for an additional procedure, but that the use of skin grafts does not appear to affect patient satisfaction. Level of evidence: IV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (European volume)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2019

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