Skin Grafting for Venous Skin Ulcer
Skin grafting can be an effective treatment for a large, difficult-to-heal 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.
- A 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.
Other Works Consulted
Habif TP (2010). Stasis dermatitis and venous ulceration: Postphlebitic syndromes section of Eczema and hand dermatitis. In Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 5th ed., pp. 122–129. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine|
|Last Revised||August 31, 2011|