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FREE excess skin removal

Kelly V.
on 10/2/08 1:24 pm - Galion, OH
From Shriners Website

Donations of skin
Many people generously offer to donate skin leftover from a medical procedure for the burn victims we treat.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept these donations and recommend you contact a tissue bank in your area, your local hospital or the US Department of Health and Human Services.  http://www.organdonor.gov/


Supposedly burn victims do better with cadaver skin.

Gosh that would have been a really nice idea.

foobear
on 10/2/08 1:24 pm - Medford, MA
I *think* that's a rumor.  Can you imagine all those poor kids, once terribly burned, ending up with wrinkly, crepe-y stretch-marked skin?   That's doing them no favors!

Seriously, I know that skin grafts are temporary; they're not transplants as such, since they ultimately get rejected by the recipient.

Anyway, here's a blog by an actual plastic surgeon addressing this question:

http://plasticsurgery101.blogspot.com/2007/09/urban-legend-d ebunked-can-you-donate.html

/Steve

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Urban legend debunked: Can you donate skin from your tummy tuck to the Shriner's burn center for skin grafting?


I do a good bit of surgery on people after the two most common weight loss operations, gastric bypass and gastric banding (the "lap-band"). Every few months I get an email from someone asking about a rumor they've heard that if they donate their excised skin from their tummy tuck (panniculectomy) surgery that they will get the cost of their surgery covered by the Shriner's, the charitable social organization whose endowment funds many of the largest burn units across the country.

The idea that that skin could be used easily always sounded fishy to me, as post weight loss skin is "damaged goods" and would seem like poor material to be considered for use as it tends to be very thin and attenuated tissue.

Cadaver skin has been harvested for a long time for use as temporary wound coverage. If you try grafting it on someone else, their body ultimately mounts an immune response and rejects it. Still, it can make an effective temporary closure for very large burns. A number of companies turn cadaver skin into commercial products like Alloderm by removing the proteins from it that trigger your immune system. Alloderm (usually processed from the very thick back skin) is a very strong material I increasingly use during breast reconstruction.


Anyway, back to busting the urban legend thing.............

From the Shriner's Hospital website:

Q: Can skin from gastric bypass surgery be donated to children for skin grafts?

A: No, the only donor skin that can be used at the burn center is cadaver skin processed through a skin bank. Only skin from cadavers is used for skin grafts, because cadavers give the greatest amount of surface area – up to 10 sq. feet of usable skin for a burn patient. Skin that could be taken from a person who had excessive weight loss would not generate the amount of skin or quality skin needed to treat burn patients.

Rob

fatgurlslim7
on 12/30/09 12:26 am - richmond, OH
i just saw a show on discovery health not too long ago that showed teenage gastric bypass patient. He had some excess skin removed from around his waist and it was stated that he was donating his excess skin.
TiffanyRN
on 10/2/08 1:25 pm - Katy, TX
RNY on 03/26/07 with
Sorry, but this is one of those old urban myths...

from the Shriners Website:

Q:   Can skin from gastric bypass surgery be donated to children for skin grafts?

A:   No, the only donor skin that can be used at the burn center is cadaver skin processed through a skin bank. Only skin from cadavers is used for skin grafts, because cadavers give the greatest amount of surface area – up to 10 sq. feet of usable skin for a burn patient. Skin that could be taken from a person who had excessive weight loss would not generate the amount of skin or quality skin needed to treat burn patients.

Tiffany 

April Lopez
on 10/2/08 1:30 pm - logansport, IN
That's why I said in my post that I did not know if it was true or not. I imagine if it were true they would have people lined up down the streets to get it done for free...Anyway, I will see about being a living donor regardless. http://www.mtf.org/donor/living_skin.html
April
We Are All Butterflies, waiting to exit our cacoons.
                                       Rny Gastric Bypass 11/6/2007
                     Starting Weight 359.9- Surgeons Goal: 160
                                     Personal Goal: 130

April Lopez
on 10/2/08 1:26 pm - logansport, IN
I did find this info, even if we pay for removal on our own..we can donate our skin..
http://www.mtf.org/donor/living_skin.html


We Are All Butterflies, waiting to exit our cacoons.
                                       Rny Gastric Bypass 11/6/2007
                     Starting Weight 359.9- Surgeons Goal: 160
                                     Personal Goal: 130

NHskinnygirl
on 10/2/08 1:45 pm - Nashua, NH
this is an urban myth. We don't want stretched out dead skin why would a doctor want to give this to sick, burned people?
The Shriners hospital will tell you that skin from weight loss patients is not healthy skin, it has no elasticity and would not be viable for graphs.
Sorry but if you need PS no one is going to do it for free.
Laurie in NH     Expect the Best !  You will receive the Best....
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April Lopez
on 10/2/08 1:58 pm - logansport, IN
I am not looking for it for free...I paid cash for my weight loss surgery and it was $30,000, so I have no probblem to pay for my skin removal. I was more excited about possibly being able to help someone with my skin. I also thought it could be helpful info to others, but I did state that I was not sure if it was true or not. I know there are many who's insurance does not cover it and can not afford to pay out of pocket. I thought if true it may be beneficial to others.
I am like you though..I think our skin is yuck after WLS...But this website says they take skin donation from WLS patients. http://www.mtf.org/donor/living_skin.html

April
We Are All Butterflies, waiting to exit our cacoons.
                                       Rny Gastric Bypass 11/6/2007
                     Starting Weight 359.9- Surgeons Goal: 160
                                     Personal Goal: 130

NHskinnygirl
on 10/2/08 2:30 pm - Nashua, NH
I didn't think you wanted it for free, and yes it would be nice if they could use our skin after removal.
I had my PS done at Mass General Hospital which is the teaching hospital for Harvard medical. I asked Dr. May the head of PS and also asked a hospital coordinator and both said that our skin is not re useable as it has no elasticity and would not graph well.  I would be very surprised if that site did take the skin removed from bariatric patients.
Yes it is a very nice idea and it would be wonderful if we could but I really don't think it would work.
let us know if you fine out differently. Also I am sorry if you thought I was being rude, that was not my intent.
Have a nice night...
Laurie in NH     Expect the Best !  You will receive the Best....
283/251/150