Bioengineered skin grafts dramatically improve your wound treatment options. Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the exceptional team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, specialize in bioengineered skin grafts that accelerate wound healing without surgery. If you have a slow-healing wound, call or book an appointment online today to learn if you can get better results with a bioengineered skin graft.
A typical skin graft is a procedure in which your provider removes skin from one part of your body and transplants it to another part of your body where you lost skin, such as an open wound.
Bioengineered skin is a skin substitute produced in a lab. When you get bioengineered skin grafts, the team at Wound Evolution covers your wound with a substitute rather than your own skin.
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine may recommend bioengineered skin grafts as part of treatment for many types of wounds. A graft is most often considered for a non-healing wound, surgical wounds, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, and pressure ulcers.
Clinical studies show that covering a wound with a bioengineered skin graft effectively boosts healing, reduces symptoms, and improves the quality of life in patients with diabetic ulcers and venous leg ulcers.
When tissue engineers produce a substitute skin graft, they begin with a few cells. They combine cells with proteins and growth factors that make the cells multiply and grow into a larger tissue.
Many types of skin substitutes are on the market and each one is engineered to serve a specific purpose. Some are designed to replace the skin’s epidermis (outer layer), dermis (the second layer), or both.
Skin substitutes may be temporary or permanent. Bioengineered skin substitutes can contain biologic or synthetic materials, but most come from biological sources. Some bioengineered skin substitutes consist of a complex mix of biological molecules that are designed to serve as a scaffold that supports the growth of your own skin.
This type of substitute can provide benefits like promoting new blood vessel formation or neutralizing enzymes that damage new tissue.
Compared to conventional skin grafts, bioengineered skin graft procedures are less painful, cause fewer complications, and can be done in the office.
If the team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recommends bioengineered skin grafts, they fully explain the product they intend to use, what it’s made of, and how it works.
Most patients are good candidates for bioengineered skin grafts. However, you can’t get one if your wound is infected.
To learn if bioengineered skin grafts can help your wound heal, call Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine or book an appointment online today.