When a wound impacts the skin, it can cause the surrounding tissue to be damaged, infected, or even die. Wound debridement is an essential step in the healing process that removes the skin that a wound has impacted. Wound evolution provides mechanical and enzymatic debridement to help clear away impacted tissue and skin and start healing. 

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What Is Wound Debridement?

Wound debridement is the process of medically removing tissue that has become damaged, infected, or died due to a wound. This helps improve the healing potential for the surrounding healthy tissue. Depending on the type of wound, debridement can also include removing some healthy tissue to ensure the wound does not spread or return. 

Debridement Methods

Debridement can be performed using several different methods. Wound Evolution uses two methods: mechanical and enzymatic. 

Mechanical debridement

This method is performed using hydrotherapy. This can include irrigation, wet-to-dry dressings (bandages), and an abrasion method. Pressurized water will be applied to the area to remove the affected tissue. The exact steps taken will vary depending on the type of wound, size, location, and debridement required. 

Enzymatic debridement

This method uses chemical enzymes to remove dead tissue. The enzyme is applied to the affected area and breaks down the tissue. This method is fast-acting and works well on various wounds, including burns. The enzymes used for the treatment are derived from microorganisms or plants. 

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Who Should Receive Wound Debridement?

Wound debridement is best for patients who have a wound with affected tissue. This includes tissue that is infected, damaged, or died due to a nearby wound. Debridement can offer benefits, including removing necrotic (dead) tissue, bacteria, and older cells. It can also help stimulate the regrowth process. 

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Which Method of Debridement Is Right for Me?

Your provider will determine the exact method of debridement during your initial appointment. Wound Evolution is home to skilled wound-care professionals experienced in wound debridement techniques. To determine the best methods, they will evaluate your would and look at factors such as:

  • Type and cause of the wound
  • State of the tissue 
  • How much tissue needs to be removed
  • Location of the wound 
  • Status of the surrounding tissue

Wound Debridement FAQs

Is wound debridement a common practice?

Is wound debridement painful?

Can debridement be performed on all wounds?

Is wound debridement a common practice?

Yes. For most types of wounds, it is considered a standard step in wound management.

Is wound debridement painful?

You may experience some pain associated with debridement. Your provider will help you manage your pain to ensure minimal discomfort during your procedure.

Can debridement be performed on all wounds?

Debridement is not always necessary and may not benefit all types of wounds. At Wound Evolution, our providers will evaluate your wounds to determine if debridement would benefit your healing process.

Schedule Your Appointment

Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offer a range of treatments for wound care. You can find our offices conveniently located throughout Texas and Kansas. Each of our locations is home to a  dedicated team of wound care specialists who can treat a wide range of wounds. 

Wound Evolution providers will create a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine to determine if wound debridement is right for you. 

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