Skin grafting can be an effective treatment for a large,
venous skin ulcer. A skin graft stimulates healing by
triggering skin cell growth in the wound site. Various types of tissue are
used for skin grafting, including:
A dressing derived from one's own skin cells,
called an autograft, placed on the wound. Other types of
autograft (called split- or partial-thickness skin grafts) graft skin from one
part of the body to another.
bioengineered human skin equivalent, or allograft.
Preserved animal skin, often from a pig,
called a xerograft.
If you have a long-standing venous skin ulcer, discuss skin
grafting with your doctor. Depending on your condition, you may be
a candidate for this type of treatment. But there are no guarantees that
skin grafting will work for you.
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E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
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