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Debridement (Wound Cleaning)

Wound Debridement in Las Vegas, NV & Brooklyn, NY

To reduce the risk of infection and speed the healing process, wound debridement removes nonviable tissue, foreign bodies, and improperly healing tissue from a wound to improve healing. Debridement is required when a wound is not healing properly on its own. This process is beneficial because dead tissue limits the growth of healthy tissues and encourages the growth of bacteria that can cause infection. Debridement can be accomplished either surgically or through alternative methods, such as the use of special dressings and gels. Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey at Diabetes & Wound Specialists Affiliate locations provide accessible and extensive outpatient care for those who suffer from acute or chronic wounds that cannot heal. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas, NV & Brooklyn, NY.

To reduce the risk of infection and speed the healing process, wound debridement removes nonviable tissue, foreign bodies, and improperly healing tissue from a wound to improve healing. Debridement is required when a wound is not healing properly on its own. This process is beneficial because dead tissue limits the growth of healthy tissues and encourages the growth of bacteria that can cause infection. Debridement can be accomplished either surgically or through alternative methods, such as the use of special dressings and gels. Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey at Diabetes & Wound Specialists Affiliate locations provide accessible and extensive outpatient care for those who suffer from acute or chronic wounds that cannot heal. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas, NV & Brooklyn, NY.
To reduce the risk of infection and speed the healing process, wound debridement removes nonviable tissue, foreign bodies, and improperly healing tissue from a wound to improve healing. Debridement is required when a wound is not healing properly on its own. This process is beneficial because dead tissue limits the growth of healthy tissues and encourages the growth of bacteria that can cause infection. Debridement can be accomplished either surgically or through alternative methods, such as the use of special dressings and gels. Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey at Diabetes & Wound Specialists Affiliate locations provide accessible and extensive outpatient care for those who suffer from acute or chronic wounds that cannot heal. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas, NV & Brooklyn, NY.

Wound Debridement Near Me in Las Vegas NV, and Brooklyn, NY
Wound Debridement Near Me in Las Vegas NV, and Brooklyn, NY

Table of Contents:

Does debridement speed healing?
How do I know if my wound needs debridement?
What are the 4 types of wound debridement?
What areas are not usually debrided?

Does debridement speed healing?


Debridement, which involves the removal of dead or infected tissue from a wound, plays a crucial role in promoting the healing process. By eliminating necrotic tissue and foreign material from the wound, debridement contributes to expediting the healing process.

Wound debridement offers several benefits in facilitating healing. Firstly, it promotes the growth of healthy tissue, allowing for the regeneration and repair of the wound. Additionally, it helps minimize scarring, leading to a more aesthetically pleasing outcome. By removing infectious material, debridement also reduces the risk of complications associated with infections, promoting a healthier healing environment.

Skin Substitutes (patches) are often used to speed up the healing process. First, your medical provider make sure the wound debridement is completed properly and then they will apply the patch.

How do I know if my wound needs debridement?


Don’t risk trying to determine this on your own. You need to have your wound professionally evaluated by a medical professional trained in wound care.

Wound debridement is particularly vital for wounds that have stagnated and failed to progress in the healing stages. Often, these wounds become trapped in the initial stage of healing, hindering further progress. Removing the unhealthy tissue through debridement allows the wound to initiate the healing process once again.

What are the 4 types of wound debridement?


There are four main types of wound debridement, each serving the purpose of removing dead or damaged tissue from a wound to facilitate healing and prevent infection. The first type is sharp debridement, which involves the use of a scalpel or a similar cutting instrument to precisely remove the non-viable tissue. This method allows for quick and thorough removal of the affected tissue, promoting the growth of healthy tissue and reducing the risk of infection.

Enzymatic debridement is another technique where topical agents, such as specialized enzymatic ointments or solutions, are applied to the wound. These agents work by breaking down and dissolving the dead tissue, making it easier to remove. Enzymatic debridement is often used when sharp debridement is not feasible or suitable, such as in wounds with fragile surrounding tissue or in individuals who cannot tolerate sharp debridement.

Mechanical debridement involves the physical removal of dead or damaged tissue using techniques like dressings, irrigation, or specialized instruments. This method aims to mechanically dislodge and remove non-viable tissue. 

It may include techniques like wet-to-dry dressings, where a moist dressing is applied to the wound and then removed, taking the dead tissue with it. Mechanical debridement is often used in conjunction with other debridement methods to ensure thorough removal of necrotic tissue.

Autolytic debridement relies on the body’s natural healing processes to break down and remove dead tissue over time. It involves applying a moisture-retaining dressing to the wound, which creates a moist environment that encourages the body’s enzymes to break down the non-viable tissue. Autolytic debridement is typically a slower process but can be effective for wounds with minimal to moderate necrotic tissue. Often, skin substitutes are applied after debridement. Ask your medical professional if a skin substitute will help you heal your wound faster.

What areas are not usually debrided?


Whether to perform debridement or refrain from it in specific areas is determined based on the unique features of the wound and the individual’s overall health status, all aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of the healing process and minimizing any possible complications.

Certain areas are typically excluded from debridement. For instance, stable and intact eschar on the heels, which is dry, adherent, and shows no signs of redness or fluctuation, should not be removed. This is because poor blood flow beneath the eschar can increase the risk of infection, and the eschar acts as a natural protective barrier against bacteria.

However, if the eschar becomes unstable, exhibiting characteristics such as being wet, draining, loose, boggy, edematous, or red, it may be debrided based on the specific protocol followed by the clinic or facility.

In autoimmune wounds and pyoderma gangrenosum cases, sharp debridement may worsen the condition if there is a prominent and active border. This can trigger an inflammatory response known as “pathergy.” However, patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy and showing non-active border clinical signs may still undergo surgical debridement.

Similarly, surgical debridement is not recommended for calciphylaxis wounds characterized by expanding tissue necrosis and a violaceous border. Instead, treatment typically involves the completion of sodium thiosulfate therapy and careful clinical observation to ensure that necrosis expansion has ceased and the violaceous border is no longer present.

Wound debridement is available at Diabetes & Wound Specialists affiliate locations. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Brooklyn NY, Spring Valley NV, Paradise NV, Manhattan NY, Jamaica NY, Summerlin NV, Henderson NV, Bay Ridge NY, Fort Hamilton NY, and surrounding areas.


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Brooklyn (74th Street)

Spectra Health (Las Vegas)

  • 5495 S. Rainbow Blvd, #200A Las Vegas, NV 89118
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