97% of people treated in burn units will survive their injuries; this is according to the American Burn Association with many bearing severe scarring and life-long physical disabilities.
During this year’s National Burn Awareness Week, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons decided to share insights on how they assist patients through the recovery process.
According to their statistics, more than 16,000 reconstructive burn procedures were completed in 2017, a 4% increase from 2016.
Plastic surgeons who major in burn care treatment might offer acute burn care, such as skin grafts and amputations, scar revisions after acute burn care, burn debridement, flaps and tissue expansion.
Close to 50% of burn patients suffer chronic pain and irritating itching during their recovery and therapy process.
This often messes patients work, school and other day-to-day schedules, a problem plastic surgeons have been trying to solve.
The Evolution of Burn Care
Survival chances for burn patients have radically improve in the last ten years.
Today’s technologies comprise laser resurfacing of burn scars, nerve decompression and fat grafting that help simplify reconstructive procedures, reduce pain and itching.
While laser treatments help the outer skin layer, fat grafting that involves injection of fat cells between the skin and nerve fibers addresses the undersurface of the skin.
Treating the Burn Patient
Plastic surgeons have knowledge, artistic vision coupled with experience bring comfort and trust to the burn patient.
The relationship between burn patients and their doctors persists for years, since recovery is a long process.
The core competency of plastic surgery is innovation. These experts develop and implement surgical solutions.
Through innovations, plastic surgeons today focus on improving quality of life for burn survivors.