Skin Grafts

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Skin Grafts

by Regalhank on Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:06 PM

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Can I hear from anyone who might have had a skin graft for melanoma in situ and how much pain was encountered from it?

RE: Skin Grafts

by Dochas on Fri Sep 01, 2017 07:46 PM

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Hi Regalhank,

I am so sorry that you are facing melanoma. 

I would say that the answer to your question depends on where the graft is situated. You don't mention where you will have the graft.

I have now had two skin grafts on my cheek. Most of the pain I experienced was due to an eye infection as the surgery site was so close to my eye. The graft site itself has no nerves and is not painful, but as it is more rigid than the skin around it there is some tension caused by the lack of skin elasticity. Talking and eating just after surgery were painful because of this. If your graft is in an area where the skin needs to be mobile you could feel this lack of elasticity in the early days too.

I had some massage (more like kneading bread than a facial I can tell you) from a physio which helped a lot, but then I needed more surgery to get the required margins. I am now 18 days past my third surgery and second graft, still bandaged and hoping that at my next appointment on Tuesday I'll be allowed to jettison the bandages.

Good luck with your treatment

Dochas

RE: Skin Grafts

by jovrlnd on Sun Sep 17, 2017 03:38 PM

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Hello,

I would like to give you an answer about my skin graft surgery that I had.  I had a in situ melanoma on the back-top of my head. There is not much skin to work with there. The size of extraction was about the size of a half dollar coin. They used grafting skin from my lower neck. It left a three inch thin scare that is not very noticeable. I am a male so my shirts usually cover it. I was put under for the hospital surgery. That was a good thing. I had a no real pain to complain about. I did not take any drugs other than the antibiotics. I just needed to be very careful to not disturb the grafting site. It took about 10 weeks for everyhing to heal up good.

I would stay away from Rx pain drugs. If needed; use over the counter pain relief drugs.

Good luck to you.

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