Goal: Improve the quality of health in Africa by providing life-changing and life-saving plastic reconstructive surgeries.
Severe wound scars, benign tumors, chronic ulcers, and burn contractures (a tightening of the skin that restricts movement) are prevalent in countries where machetes and open cooking fires are part of daily life.
The Mercy Ships plastic surgery team provides relief from pain and disfigurements through specialized surgical interventions. In order to prepare for surgery, many patients are admitted to the hospital days before their procedures. The surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia in an operating room onboard the Africa Mercy.
For severe burns, skin transplants release burn contractures and restore range of motion. Following a brief stay in the post-anesthesia care unit, recovering patients transfer to the inpatient ward where, during the post-operative period, nurses monitor them closely to ensure stable vital signs, and manage their recovery and follow-up, including transition to outpatient care.