Use of Gelatin Sponges in Mohs MicrographicSurgery Defects and Staged Melanoma Excisions:A Novel Approach to Secondary Wound Healing
January 2011 | Volume 10 | Issue 1 | Original Article | 68 | Copyright © January 2011
Peter P. Rullan MD, Carlos Vallbona PAC, Jennifer M. Rullan MD,Jonathan N. Mansbridge PhD, Vera B. Morhenn MD
Background/Aims: Surgical closure or reconstruction is commonly used to treat wounds generated by Mohs micrographic surgeries
(MMS) and staged melanoma excisions, which may result in contractures and scarring. The authors’ objective was to determine
the value of using gelatin sponges to promote secondary intention healing for surgical defects after MMS and staged melanoma
Methods: Sixty-four surgeries from 54 predominantly elderly patients (median age=76 years) were treated with gelatin sponges to
promote healing by secondary intention in this prospective investigation. Patients rated their satisfaction with outcomes on a scale
of 1 (highly dissatisfied) to 5 (highly satisfied).
Results: In all patients, the wounds healed within four to 16 weeks (median=five weeks). Forty-five patients were highly satisfied
with their results (mean score=4.9).
Conclusion: Healing by secondary intention using gelatin sponges was associated with improved hemostasis, excellent cosmesis
and a high level of patient satisfaction.
(J Drugs Dermatol. 2011;1068-73.)