Surgery can be performed to remove lipomas (common benign fatty tumors), skin grafting to cover defects caused by burns, infection, or trauma, wound debridement, and general wound care.

Am I a candidate for skin and soft tissue surgery?

You may be a candidate for skin and soft tissue surgery if you have:

  • Suspicious moles
  • Major burn injuries
  • Fatty tumors below the skin
  • Tumors in muscle or other soft tissue
  • Skin or subcutaneous (under the skin) infection
  • Skin damage caused by trauma

Why choose Advanced Surgical Technology for skin and soft tissue surgery?

Having a lab based in our Mt. Vernon, Centralia and Herrin, IL office allows us to deliver faster, more convenient service. We are committed to providing our patients with unparalleled, comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary practice offers a range of superior surgical, nonsurgical, primary care, and aesthetic services.

What can I expect with skin and soft tissue surgery in Mt. Vernon, Centralia and Herrin, IL?

What you can expect with skin and soft tissue surgery will reflect the condition being treated and the procedure.

Lipoma removal

A lipoma is a fatty tumor, usually painless and soft to the touch. Removal is typically done on an outpatient basis with direct excision (surgical removal of the tumor), after which the incision is closed with sutures.

Skin grafting

In this surgical procedure, the injured tissue is removed. A donor site is selected, then a graft of healthy skin is harvested from the site. The skin graft is placed and secured over the wound so it can heal.

Wound debridement

Infected, dead, or diseased tissue is surgically removed from a wound to allow for healing. This is an essential step in treating diabetic foot ulcers.

What is recovery like after skin and soft tissue surgery?

Recovery after skin and soft tissue surgery will depend on the procedure performed.

  • You will be able to return home after lipoma removal surgery. You may experience pain, swelling, or bruising, which should subside in a few days. 
  • When you have skin grafting, the treatment area must be kept immobilized for several days following surgery. After that, you may begin tub baths and exercise therapy and resume normal activities. 
  • Wound debridement recovery will depend on the size, severity, and location of the wound. Full recovery could take weeks or months. Keep your follow-up appointments, avoid smoking, and eat healthy to give your body the nutrients it needs to heal.
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What causes skin and soft tissue diseases?

Diseases of the skin and soft tissue can affect the outer layers of skin and the tissue below. In many cases, they are caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi that enter the body through a cut, scrape, or area of broken skin. In some cases, however, bacteria living in the muscle or connective tissues of the body are the cause of skin and soft tissue diseases.

What are the different types of skin and soft tissue diseases?

Skin and soft tissue infections are categorized as simple or complicated, accompanied by necrosis (cell death in living tissue) or not, suppurative (forming pus) or nonsuppurative. Many of these conditions start as staph infections. Simple skin and soft tissue infections can often be localized and treated quickly. Examples of skin and soft tissue diseases include:

  • Cyst: Benign, sac-like structure filled with fluid or gaseous material.
  • Tumor: Swelling caused by abnormal tissue growth. Tumors can be malignant or benign.
  • Abscess: A bump filled with fluid, appearing within or below the skin’s surface. Abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Cellulitis: Skin and soft tissue infection caused by bacteria.

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