Debridement is the removal of unhealthy tissue from a wound to promote healing. It can be done by surgical, chemical, mechanical, or autolytic (using your body's own processes) removal of the tissue.

Surgical Debridement of Lower Leg Wound
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Debridement is used to clean dead and contaminated material from your wound to aid in healing. The procedure is most often done for the following reasons:

  • To remove tissue contaminated by bacteria, foreign tissue, dead cells, or crusting
  • To create a neat wound edge to decrease scarring
  • To aid in the healing of very severe burns or pressure sores (decubitus ulcers)
  • To get a sample of tissue for testing and diagnosis