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What kind of treatment can be given to prevent scabbing after skin grafting?

My husband has wound separation on his lower left leg near his knee from a surgery he had over two decades ago. He had surgery to prevent his left leg from continuing to grow at a faster rate than his right leg and the doctors performed a skin graft. He experiences frequent scabing, and bleeding at the site of the wound, sometimes to the point of bleeding through his pant leg. He is an avid runner and the wound does not cause pain, but is a constant struggle otherwise. My question is- what sort of doctor or specialists should we see and what kind of treatment can we anticipate ?
Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi,

Due to improper healing in skin grafting at the edge of graft, your husband has developed wound. Due to running or walking the capillaries in the lower part of the skin and below skin rupture leading to bleeding. The open wound is likely to be infected. So, consult the general surgeon for the proper management. Antibiotics, antiinflammatory drugs, vitamin C and bed rest may be considered.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ilyas Patel, Dermatologist
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