Debrided Ulcers

If a wound does not begin to heal, chances are that some of the tissue around the opening will become necrotic and begin to die. At this point, it is imperative that it is removed before it spreads to other healthy tissue. This removal of necrotic tissue is called debridement. During the procedure, tissue is cut out until a viable layer of bleeding tissue is revealed. There are several different kinds of debridement, including:

  • Surgical debridement
  • Chemical debridement
  • Mechanical debridement
  • Autolytic debridement
  • Maggot therapy

Your doctor will judge which therapy is right for you based on your wounds. Non-surgical debridement is the quickest method, with the other procedures taking anywhere from two to six weeks to be effective. Overall, there are many benefits to wound debridement, which include:

  • To remove tissue contaminated by crusting, dead cells, foreign tissue or bacteria
  • To obtain a tissue sample for the purposes of testing
  • To lessen scarring by rebuilding a neat wound edge
  • To help in the healing process of severe burns or pressure ulcers

After your wound is debrided, your nurse will help you follow a specific wound care program to aid the site in healing normally. It is important to keep the wound free from infection or else more debridement may be required.

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