Apligraf® in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats venous ulcers via Apligraf® for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Venous reflux is a medical condition that is caused by faulty or abnormal valves in your veins that return blood to your heart. When the valves do not close properly, the blood flows backward and pools in the lower veins. As the pressure inside the vein increases, the walls weaken and fluid escapes into the surrounding tissue. Left untreated, the fluid breaks down the tissue and a venous ulcer forms on the surface of your skin. Patients with venous ulcers typically struggle with caring for these types of wounds, as they never heal, or heal and return. The ulcers may become infected, causing further complications. Apligraf® is a unique treatment for venous ulcers that uses live cells to help your body overcome the tissue damage associated with venous ulcers.
What Happens During the Apligraf® Procedure?
If you have a wound that does not heal within three to four weeks, you may have a venous ulcer. After examining the wound, your physician may recommend treatment with Apligraf®. During the procedure, the venous ulcer is cleansed and prepared for the Apligraf® application. Apligraf® is a thin patch that resembles actual skin and contains two layers. The first layer is a protective layer of skin cells, and the second layer contains skin cells and collagen. These layers work with your body to regenerate new skin at the site of your venous ulcer. After the Apligraf® patch is applied to your wound; a non-adhesive dressing is applied, followed by a full dressing.
What Can I Expect After the Apligraf® Procedure?
Your physician changes the dressing weekly. This ensures that the Apligraf® treatment area is clean and also allows your physician to monitor the healing process. You should avoid any activities that may result in damage or injury to the Apligraf® treatment area, especially for the first week. Your physician may also require you to wear special compression garments during the healing period.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.