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What is Apligraf®?This is Apligraf®Apligraf® After Care / What To Expect

What happens after Apligraf® is applied?
Once Apligraf® is applied, your doctor or nurse will give you instructions to follow while your wound is healing.

Be careful not to disturb your wound or get it wet during the first week of healing.

Within the first week you may have a follow-up visit with your doctor to check the healing progress.

After that your doctor may schedule weekly follow-up visits until your wound is healed. It is very important to keep your follow-up visits and to follow your doctor’s directions carefully.

Special instructions for patients with diabetic foot ulcers: One of the most important ways that you can help ensure success is to keep your weight off your feet while your ulcer is healing. To do this your doctor may advise you to use a wheelchair, crutches or a specially made protective shoe during the first several weeks after Apligraf® is applied. Once your wound has healed, your doctor will also probably want you to wear special footwear to relieve pressure on the newly healed wound.

Special instructions for patients with venous leg ulcers: Apligraf® is used together with compression therapy, and your doctor will instruct you to wear compression bandages until your ulcer is healed and possibly afterward. Your doctor may also want you to keep your leg raised as much a possible during the day and to use pillows or cushions to keep your leg slightly raised while you are sleeping. Follow all of your doctor’s directions carefully.

Remember that while Apligraf® can heal your foot or leg ulcer, it is not a treatment for diabetes or the health condition that caused it to occur in the first place.

After Apligraf® follow your doctor's advice.