Frequently Asked Questions
What is Excellagen?Excellagen is a highly-purified formulated fibrillar bovine Type I collagen-based topical gel for wound care management. Excellagen's sterile, physiologic formulation provides protein stabilization and maintenance of Excellagen's key structural and functional properties and allows for easy topical application. The FDA-cleared professional use Excellagen sterile formulation comes in ready-to-use, pre-filled, single-use syringes.
How does Excellagen work?Collagen is considered an important and essential protein that supports a favorable wound healing environment. Excellagen fibrillar collagen promotes chemotaxis, cellular adhesion, migration and proliferation to stimulate granulation tissue formation.
Who should use Excellagen?Excellagen may be used by healthcare professionals for the management of diabetic ulcers and other dermal wounds including partial and full-thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, chronic vascular ulcers, tunneled/undermined wounds, surgical wounds (donor sites/graft, post-Moh's surgery, post-laser surgery, podiatric, wound dehiscence), trauma wounds (abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns and skin tears) and draining wounds.
Is Excellagen available only through my physician?Yes, Excellagen is labeled for use by health care professionals only.
How can I inform my physician about Excellagen?We believe it is important for you to get involved with your treatment and to become part of the solution. If you have chronic diabetic foot ulcers and have become frustrated with the discomfort and lifestyle changes due to this condition, click here to download information to bring to your physician during your next visit.
Is Excellagen reimbursed by health insurers?Your health insurer may not yet provide reimbursement but ask your healthcare provider or insurer.
How often is Excellagen applied?Excellagen is intended for topical application following debridement (with weekly outer dressing changes). Because Excellagen is biodegradable and biocompatible there is no need for daily dressing changes.
What is debridement?Debridement is the surgical removal of dead tissue and debris that exposes the viable wound bed and healing edges of the wound and results in an influx of blood into the wound. It plays an important role in activating and facilitating wound healing, and is part of good standardized wound care.
How is Excellagen packaged?Excellagen is packaged in single-use 1.0cc syringes containing 0.5cc of formulated collagen, supplied with single-use sterile flexible applicator tips. Excellagen is stored at standard refrigeration temperatures (2°C-8°C).
What is off-loading?When treating a wound, it is very important to take pressure off the affected area. This can be accomplished with specialized footwear or casts provided in consultation with your healthcare provider.
Can Excellagen be used on infected wounds?No. Active wound infections should be treated and resolved prior to using Excellagen.
Who should not use Excellagen?Excellagen should not be used in individuals with a known sensitivity to bovine collagen.