Monday, April 16, 2012

Effect of Wound Closure on Buccal Mucosal Graft Harvest Site Morbidity: Results of a Randomized Prospective Trial


The present study was a randomized prospective trial
examining the effect of closure versus nonclosure of the
BMG harvest site in patients undergoing reconstruction
for urethral stricture. Our data support leaving the BMG
harvest site open to decrease early postoperative pain and
decrease the interval to full mouth opening and a return
to a regular diet. At 6 months, the harvest site nonclosure
group experienced less bothersome perioral numbness
than did the closure group. These data have influenced a
change in practice at our center, and we recommend
leaving the BMG donor site open after harvest.
UROLOGY 79 (2), 2012

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