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Skin Graft

Skin Graft | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The goal is to keep both the graft site and donor site clean and free from infection. The graft site is monitored for good circulation, as indicated by a healthy pink color. The donor site is also checked for signs of good healing without infection.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Complications following a skin graft include the following:

  • Infection can occur with the graft site or with the donor site. If the infection is too severe or proper blood flow is not maintained, the grafted skin can die.
  • Sometimes the graft will pull away from the sides of the new site. This can cause a distorted shape or a feeling of tightness.
  • Sensation to the graft site can also be affected. There may be an increase or a decrease in sensation.
  • A new graft is also sensitive to sunlight and protective measures will always be necessary for the life of the graft.

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    Author: Linda Agnello, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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