At BRCA, our surgeons work closely with patients and physical therapists to implement preventive care plans to reduce the possibility of scar contractures through positioning, splinting and exercising the at-risk areas.

In addition, BRCA offers management that ranges from medical massages and injections of certain medications through physical therapy and laser and other tissue rearrangements or new graft insertion. Your strategy for recovery will include plans between you and the surgical team to see what the best option for you is.

What is scar contracture?

At BRCA, our surgeons work closely with patients and physical therapists to implement preventive care plans to reduce the possibility of scar contractures through positioning, splinting and exercising the at-risk areas. In addition, BRCA offers management that ranges from medical massages and injections of certain medications through physical therapy and laser and other tissue rearrangements or new graft insertion. Your strategy for recovery will include plans between you and the surgical team to see what the best option for you is.

Who is a candidate for contracture release?

Candidates for contracture release surgery include those experiencing:

  • Limitations in range of motion
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Deformity
  • Reduced quality of life

What is contracture release?

Contracture release surgical procedures at BRCA include tissue expanders, flap reconstruction and skin grafting.

Tissue Expanders

Depending on the location and desired outcome of the contracture release, tissue expanders may be used to gradually stretch the affected area's tissue. This procedure involves placing a soft, saline or carbon dioxide-filled implant under the scar tissue to stretch it over time gently. Once the tissue is stretched enough to where the patient can move freely without pulling or pressure, the implant is removed.

Flap Reconstruction

A flap reconstruction procedure involves taking a healthy tissue section from one body area and relocating it to another. During this surgery, the restrictive scar tissue will be excised and replaced with healthy, more pliable tissue, relieving the contracture.

Skin Grafting

If there is not enough healthy tissue on the patient for flap reconstruction, the surgeons might use cadaver skin grafts on the affected area. The scar tissue will be excised and replaced with a skin graft, relieving the contracture during this surgery.

Who is a candidate for contracture release?

BRCA strives to give each of our patients the best outcome possible and, while we cannot guarantee that the contracture release surgery will achieve every initiative in your care plan, you can expect to experience some or all of the following:

  • Improved appearance
  • Reduction in pulling or pressure
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduction in pain or itching
  • Improved quality of life