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What is Debridement?

Often used to improve the healing potential of surrounding healthy tissue, debridement is the medical removal of damaged, infected, or dead tissue from a wound. As an essential part of the healing process for severe wounds and burns, debridement may also be used to treat certain types of snake bites.

The most common debridement methods include:

  • Enzymatic Debridement: This rapid process uses chemical enzymes to promote the removal of dead tissue (hard eschar) from a wound.
  • Autolytic Debridement: This virtually pain-free method utilizes the body’s own enzymes and moisture to re-hydrate, soften, and liquify dead tissue and slough present in the wound bed.
  • Surgical Debridement: As the fastest type, this technique may involve the use of sharp surgical instruments or a laser.
  • Biosurgery (Myiasis): This method uses sterile maggots to digest necrotic material and slough from the wound bed without damaging healthy surrounding tissue.
  • Mechanical Debridement: This describes the removal of debris and necrotic tissue from a wound using mechanical force.

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Located in Indianapolis, our center offers comprehensive wound care treatment delivered with a personal touch.

As our patient, we provide you with an individualized assessment, wound care education, and care management plan to accurately monitor progress at every step of the healing process.

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If a slow-healing wound has sidelined you, get your life back on track by scheduling a wound consultation with one of our specialists today!