Soft-tissue defects pose a unique challenge to the treating orthopaedic surgeon. Such defects are commonly encountered after orthopaedic injuries or infection, and the management of these wounds varies significantly. Skin grafting has gained popularity in the management of such soft-tissue defects due to its ability to provide coverage, re-epithelialize, and have a relatively high success rate. One of the most frequently used types of skin graft in orthopaedics is the split-thickness skin graft (STSG). Understanding the proper indications, technique, and management of the STSG foreshadows its success or failure. This review focuses on the indications, technique, alternatives, and complications surrounding the utilization of the STSG in the management of orthopaedic injuries.

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