Skin and soft tissue surgery is a category of specialized surgical care options for treating various skin and soft tissue conditions.
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.