Tissue augmentation and replacement of a heel fat pad with a decellularized sterile human dermal matrix

Wounds. 2012 Jul;24(7):185-9.


The use of xenografts and allografts has been primarily direct- ed at chronic wounds and tendon repair. Currently, there are no known devices in this category that can successfully be used to augment tis- sue. Patients who have undergone trauma and subsequent surgery, par- ticularly in weight-bearing areas, may experience pain with pressure or ambulation at the site. This report illustrates the use of an allograft for tissue augmentation in a young individual who was involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in loss of the plantar fat pad. An allograft was successfully used for tissue replacement, thereby reducing pain and facilitating weight-bearing ambulation. .