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Can skin grafts fail?

A skin graft can fail if the blood vessels fail to grow into it. So for two weeks after your operation, it is very important to take care of your graft to stop it failing.

Infections or bleeding can cause problems with skin grafts and can cause them to fail. If we discover and treat any infection early, there is less chance your graft will fail.

If the skin graft does fail, it is possible to have another graft, but this will mean another operation.

Sometimes only small patches of graft fail. If this happens, we usually let the graft heal on its own, using dressings to help. However, it will take longer to heal.

On the next page: Going home after a skin graft

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Plastic Surgery Department, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2017.


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