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Dr. Octavio Cardona-Loya Sr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
750 Medical Center Court; Suite 4
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Octavio Cardona-Loya is a plastic surgery specialist. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, dermabrasion, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cardona-Loya accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Cardona-Loya has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 29
  • Uninsured Cost: $825 - $1,800
  • Medicare Cost: $551 - $690
Dr. Yifan Yang, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; Suite B
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Yifan Yang is a physician who specializes in general surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Yang's clinical interests include cancer surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Yang's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Bradford T Hsu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
480 4th Avenue; Suite 404
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Bradford Hsu's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Hsu is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu has an open panel.

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Dr. Rakhesh Guttikonda, DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
230 Prospect Place; Suite 310
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Rakhesh Guttikonda is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and blepharoplasty. Dr. Guttikonda is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guttikonda is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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What is Skin Grafting?

When a large area of skin is too damaged to heal, a skin graft may be used to protect the tissue underneath and reduce scarring. A layer of healthy skin is taken and moved to the injured area, where it is fixed in place. Skin grafts are used to treat burns, infections, large wounds, ulcers, and other significant problems that affect the skin.

There are several different types of skin graft, depending on where the donor skin is taken from:

  • Autografts, where healthy skin is taken from another place on the patient’s body
  • Allografts, where the donor skin is taken from another person or cadaver
  • Xenografts, which are harvested from animals and are used temporarily like a dressing to cover a wound
  • Synthetic grafts, which are made from non-biological materials, like silicone

In all cases, the skin graft may either be full-thickness or partial-thickness. While thicker grafts make recovery more difficult for the donor site, they heal more easily than thinner grafts.

Before skin graft surgery, you are given anesthesia so you cannot feel any pain. If using an autograft, the surgeon carefully measures and removes the skin from the donor site. Sometimes the graft is cut in a mesh-like pattern, to allow a small piece of donated skin to stretch and cover a larger area. This also helps oxygen pass through the graft. The site where the skin graft will go is cleaned well to remove any dirt, bacteria, or dead skin cells. Then the skin graft is placed and attached with stitches or staples. It is often covered with antibacterial ointment and supportive bandages for the first few days.

As the skin graft heals into its new position, new blood vessels grow to reach and support the skin. Depending on the thickness of the graft, oil glands, sweat glands, and hair follicles may also regrow. Recovery time depends on the thickness of the graft and the overall health of the skin in the grafted area, but it generally takes from two to four weeks.