Presentation recorded at the 6th International NPWT Expert Meeting, Berlin 20-21 March 2015.
Plastic Surgery workstream
Rene van der Hulst presented the results of an extension of the study presented by Dr. Galiano. Scar quality was assessed in 32 original study patients at 180 and 365 days, measuring viscoelasticity, skin surface hydration and trans-epidermal water loss. A significant improvement in VAS at day 180 was noted, although only a small difference was seen in elasticity, and no difference was seen in the other two parameters. PICO addresses the factors that ensure better scar appearance, minimising tension, dead space (preventing seroma formation), tissue injury, and contamination.