Skin Grafting



Article by Dr. Misako McLeod, DPM

Skin is important. It’s the first line of defense that our bodies have against bacteria, viruses, toxins, and the environment. We often take it for granted, but without our skin we would become easily infected.

Our skin is a unique organ. We often don’t think of our skin in that way, but without our skin, we would immediately contract bacteria, disease, and viruses, and let’s just put it this way…we would be dead within a week without skin.



Modern science has provided us with advanced alternatives for skin and tissue loss that can occur in burns, trauma, open complicated wounds, and other circumstances where the integrity of the skin is compromised. These alternatives include: biosynthetic grafts, skin graft substitutes, placental based grafts, and many other options.

Dr. McLeod is well versed in complicated wound cases and uses a variety of plastic surgery techniques and skin grafting techniques.

Skin substitutes:

Integra skin graft is a bovine derived skin graft used for covering chronic wounds and especially those wound with exposed tendon. This skin graft is used commonly in burns and areas of exposed tendon. Dr. McLeod uses Integra on complex wounds to help facilitate closure. Integra is especially useful for covering tendon and exposed bone when tissues loss is inevitable due to severe diabetic foot infections.

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