My last post was titled "Accidents" (...see 3/12/12), where I described the burning of my left foot while making a cup of soup on a Finger Lakes Trail backpack.
Below are several pictures of the burned foot.
They are not pleasant to look at, so viewer beware.
|4 hours after the hot water burn|
Now two weeks later I would like to give blog followers an update.
After five days of self treating I went to the emergency room at our local hospital. The ER physician treated the wound and insisted that I contact the burn unit at the University of Rochester's Strong Hospital.
As you can see the burn was a very serious burn and because I had waited over a week to seek medical help the foot was amputated just above the ankle...Yes, AMPUTATED!
OKAY ... so what really happened?
I did seek medical help from the Krasser Burn Unit at Strong Hospital in Rochester, where Dr. Bell and his staff using general anesthesesia:
1. debrided the granular tissue forming in the central 3rd degree burn area of the foot.
2. took a partial skin graft (a 2x4 sized segment) from my upper thigh and attached it to the 3rd degree burn area of the foot. A very high tech vacuum pump drained any liquids from the wound as well as providing negative pressure to secure the graft to the sub-dermis, insuring a good generative dermis to dermis contact for optimal growth.
|7 days post burn/pre-skin graft. |
You can see the 3rd degree burn (whitish tissue)
in the central area.
I changed the wound dressing each day.
You can see the healing progress in the next few photos.
|The skin graft site on my upper thigh. |
Doctors wanted the graft covered and open to the air so that
a dry scab would form where it will crumble off with time.