Revolutionary Burn Treatment Offers Rapid Recovery

Doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina have used a skin cell spray and enzyme gel to treat a patient now making remarkable recovery progress. WCBD's Katie Augustine reports.

(WCBD/NBC News) — A man is recovering well after an Medical University of South Carolina Health team performed the first reported successful minimally invasive skin graft on a burn in the United States.

Tommy Porcha, 54, suffered deep second-degree burns over 17 percent of his body on July 26.

Typically, a traditional skin graft would have been needed, where a surgeon would take a portion of skin from the patient’s thighs and stretch it over the burns. Instead, Porcha was treated using an enzyme gel as part of a study the burn center is participating in.

In addition, MUSC Health regularly uses a regenerative technology that utilizes a skin cell spray rather than entire sheets of skin.

The combination of these two technologies allowed Dr. Steven Kahn, chief of burn surgery, to avoid a conventional skin graft and instead perform a more precise repair that should result in less scarring over the burned areas and more long-term mobility.

Porcha is healing far quicker than a burn victim normally would.

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