Promoting Faster Wound Healing with Debridement Techniques
In some instances, a wound can become contaminated with debris and dead tissue, which can make it very hard for the body to be able to develop new skin so that the wound can heal. When this happens, a procedure known as debridement may be necessary in order to clear that debris and promote faster healing.
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Why Wound Debridement is Needed
There are several ways in which debridement helps a wound heal. Dead skin not only blocks the development of healthy new tissue, it also puts a wound at a higher risk for infection. Dead tissue can also hide signs of infection and make it easier for bacteria to spread.
How Debridement Works
While debridement sometimes occurs naturally, most of the time a medical procedure is needed. A doctor can sometimes apply substances that will increase moisture, making it easier for the body to degrade and eliminate dead tissue from the wound. Other times, surgery will be necessary to remove any debris and dead material manually.
Different types of manual debridement available in Marin include:
- Autolytic Debridement
Autolytic debridement uses the body’s own enzymes and moisture to rehydrate and soften hard eschar and slough in the wound, resulting in the liquefaction of dead tissue. This technique is virtually painless and is indicated for wounds with minimal necrosis and low infection rates..
- Biosurgery (Myiasis)
Biosurgery involves using sterile maggots that digest slough and necrotic material in the wound, leaving the healthy tissue intact. This technique is highly effective for wounds with significant necrosis and low levels of healthy tissue.
- Enzymatic Debridement
Enzymatic debridement uses chemical enzymes to dissolve and remove dead tissue from the wound. This process is relatively rapid and can be used for wounds with varying levels of necrosis and infection.
- Mechanical Debridement
Mechanical debridement involves the removal of necrotic tissue and debris from the wound using mechanical force. This technique is often used in conjunction with other forms of debridement and is appropriate for wounds with a high degree of necrosis.
- Surgical Debridement
Surgical debridement, including sharp surgical debridement and laser debridement, is the fastest method for removing dead tissue from the wound. This technique is used for wounds with significant necrosis and infection and is often followed by other forms of debridement.
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When You May Need Debridement
Not every wound can be cleaned through debridement. It takes a qualified medical professional to accurately determine whether or not your wound will heal properly without the procedure.
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Schedule an examination with Advanced Wound Center and we will be able to quickly tell you if you may need debridement performed to help your wound heal faster. Call us at (415) 429-4225 (Marin) or contact us online to schedule an examination. Let us help you find the best solution for your wounds and restore your health and wellbeing.