Ann Plast Reconstr Surg | Volume 6, Issue 2 | Research Article | Open Access

Humanitarian Mission: Surgical Treatment of Burns Sequelae in the Bush

Knipper P1*, Antoine P2, Carré C3 and Vasse D4

1Medical Office, 16 Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg 75007 Paris, France
2Pasteur Clinic, 222 Route de Rochefort 17200 Royan, France
3Dental Clinic, 281 rue de Vaugirard 75015 Paris, France
4Clinic of the Union, Boulevard de Ratalens 31243 Saint-Jean, France

*Correspondance to: Patrick Knipper 

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Background: The burns sequelae are frequently encountered in humanitarian missions. We propose their treatment in challenging conditions.
Materials and Methods: We have done more than 30 immersion missions in the bush. We adapted our surgical treatment according to the precarious environment of the dispensary.
Results: According our experience, these burns sequelae represented on average 25% of our surgical procedures performed in the bush, i.e., 375 cases. The main etiology was domestic. We mainly took care of the sequelae of the burned hands of children. We have adapted ourselves and we have favored reliable techniques with a single operating time and which offer simple postoperative period.
Conclusion: Plastic surgery, although performed in a challenging condition, has always been beneficial for patients from a functional and aesthetic point of view.


Humanitarian burns; Skin contracture; Surgery in the bush; Nomadic humanitarian mission


Knipper P, Antoine P, Carré C, Vasse D. Humanitarian Mission: Surgical Treatment of Burns Sequelae in the Bush. Ann Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022;6(2):1093..

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