The Meek micrograft technique for burns; review on its outcomes: Searching for the superior skin grafting technique

Danielle Rijpma, Karel Claes, Henk Hoeksema, Ignace de Decker, Jozef Verbelen, Stan Monstrey, Anouk Pijpe, Paul van Zuijlen, Annebeth Meij-de Vries

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Introduction: Autologous split thickness skin grafting is the standard-of-care for the majority of deep dermal and full thickness burns: Meshed grafting is most commonly used. Patients with extensive burn injuries have limited donor site availability. Meek micrografting is a well-known technique to enable larger expansions. A review was conducted on the outcomes of the Meek micrograft technique. Method: A database search in PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar and the Cochrane Library was conducted from the first Meek micrografting report in 1958 until 2021, including terms ‘burns’, ‘micrografting’ and/or ‘Meek’. Original papers reporting outcomes of Meek micrografting were included. Results: 1529 papers were identified and eventually 15 articles were included, the majority classified as poor quality according to Chambers criteria. 310 patients with 56% mean TBSA were described. Weighted averages were calculated for ‘graft take’ 82 ± 7%, ‘time to wound closure’ 53 ± 20 days and ‘length of hospital stay’ 61 ± 31 days. Scar quality was minimally described and often poorly assessed. Limited data were available on outcomes ‘donor site size’, ‘number of operations’, ‘cost effectiveness’ and ‘bacterial load/wound infection rate’. Conclusion: Overall poor study quality and the specific lack of data on scar quality, made it impossible to draw conclusions on the outcomes of Meek micrografting. A randomized controlled trial is required to further investigate the performance of the Meek micrograft technique.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1300
Number of pages14
Issue number6
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Burns
  • Graft take
  • Meek micrograft technique
  • Mesh graft technique
  • Scar quality
  • Time to wound closure

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