When a doctor removes dead tissue from a wound, it's called debridement. Doctors do this to help a wound heal.
It's a good idea to remove dead tissue for a few reasons. First, dead tissue gives bacteria a place to grow. This can cause infection. Second, dead tissue can slow the growth of healthy tissue.
To do this procedure, your doctor may use a saline solution to clean the wound. Then your doctor may do one of these things. He or she may use:
If your wound goes into your muscles and deep tissues, you may need a skin graft. This helps new tissue grow.
How long it takes your wound to heal depends on how serious it is. It also depends on whether you have other health problems that may slow healing. In some cases, people need to have a wound debrided again.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Margaret M. Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
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