Pit Bull Injury Forces Medical Innovation
Omaha, NE - As in the case of Amaya Hess -- and many other victims that suffered severe scalp injury due to pit bulls -- the 15-month-old Omaha girl will face several years of surgeries. Dr. Amardip Bhuller said Charlotte Blevins underwent about two-and-a-half hours of surgery at Creighton University Medical Center.
"She basically got scalped by the dog," Bhuller said.
Pictured is Amaya Hess two years after a pit bull violently attacked her while being pushed by her mother in a stroller. Hess is still undergoing the innovative procedure known as "tissue expansion" with bio-engineered tissue to repair her scalp. This may be exactly what Charlotte Blevins and her family are facing. Pit bull injury is not for the squeamish.
Charlotte's scalp was immediately put on ice, so Bhuller was able to cover 80 percent of the wound with real tissue. Skin that is torn off shrinks, he said, and that is why the entire area could not be covered. He said he would not use any artificial skin early in the process (such as bio-engineered tissue). Skin grafts may be an alternative to artificial skin as well.
Skin grafts, tissue expansion and prosthetics -- pit bull injury.
A skin graft involves removing healthy skin from one area of the body and placing it onto another area of the body that has been severely damaged. "Tissue expansion" involves placing small balloons under a scalp to expand the hair-bearing tissue and cover the remaining area with that tissue. Neither procedure sounds pretty and neither is.
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