Dead tissue and bacteria can easily build up in your wound and significantly slow down the healing. At Advanced Wound Care in Southaven and Senatobia, Mississippi, and West Memphis, Arkansas, Jennifer McKee, FNP-BC, and the rest of the team provide several wound debridement treatments to clean your wound and promote faster healing. For more information about wound debridement, call Advanced Wound Care or book an appointment online today.
Wound debridement is the process of removing dead and infected tissue from a wound to help it heal faster. If a wound is covered in dead tissue, the healing process essentially slows down or stops. By removing the tissue, you encourage your wound to continue healing efficiently and successfully.
There are five well-known ways to debride a wound. After evaluating your wound and the amount of dead tissue around it, the team at Advanced Wound Care selects the appropriate strategy for your case. They can use:
Biological debridement uses sterile maggots (fly larvae) to eat harmful bacteria and release antibacterial substances into the wound. The team keeps the maggots confined to your wound with a special dressing.
During enzymatic debridement, the team applies an enzyme-rich ointment or gel that liquefies the dead tissue on your wound. They place it under a dressing and change the dressing regularly.
Autolytic debridement is a method best used for wounds that aren’t infected. The team applies a moisture-holding dressing to your wound. Your body’s enzymes work with the moisture from the dressing to soften the dead tissue.
The most common type of debridement, mechanical debridement, relies on running water, wet-to-dry dressings, or a polyester pad to remove dead tissue.
During surgical sharp or conservative sharp debridement, the team uses sharp metal tools like scalpels, scissors, and forceps to remove dead tissue. Surgical sharp debridement is done in an operating room under anesthesia. Conservative sharp debridement is less invasive and is done in the clinic.
Not all wounds require wound debridement. However, you should get wound debridement if you have an old wound that doesn’t heal completely or if you have an infected wound.
The team at Advanced Wound Care examines your wound for signs of dirt, debris, dead tissue, and/or pus that needs to be removed using debridement. Dead tissue traps bacteria which can cause your wound to emit a foul smell.
If you notice a green or yellow discharge from your wound, a bad smell, or that the skin around the wound is warm and inflamed, you should see the team at Advanced Wound Care for possible debridement.
You can take a few steps to avoid the need for debridement as your wound heals. While healing complications aren’t always predictable or under your control, you can lower your chances of an infection by:
The team at Advanced Wound Care gives you specific instructions about changing your dressings and other steps in wound care.
To find out if you need wound debridement for faster wound healing, call Advanced Wound Care or request an appointment online today.