SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND HAND SURGERY, vol.41, no.4, pp.197-202, 2007 (SCI-Expanded)
Skin grafting is widely used for the treatment of postburn contractures. Their main disadvantage, a tendency to contract again, can be reduced and better outcomes achieved by postoperative splinting. In this study we compared the outcomes of dynamic and static splinting postoperatively. Of the 57 patients managed by split grafts, 36 (44 hands) had Kirschner (K) wires applied with static splints, whereas 21 (26 hands) had dynamic splinting. The mean age was 11 (range 2-37) and 15 (range 2-50) years in the two groups. Before and after the operation, basic hand functions were evaluated clinically, and the results analysed statistically. The mean follow-up times were 18 and 14 months respectively, and recurrence rates were 22% and 14%. We think that the postoperative dynamic splinting is superior to fixation with K-wires with or without static splints.