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Last updated: 02/17/2009

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After surgical debridement, the wound is usually packed with a dry dressing for a day to control bleeding. Afterward, moist dressings are applied to promote wound healing. Moist dressings are also used after mechanical, chemical, and autolytic debridement....

Many factors contribute to wound healing, which frequently can take considerable time. Debridement may need to be repeated.


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Debridement is a medical term referring to the removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, autolytic (self-digestion), and by maggot therapy, where certain species of live maggots selectively eat only necrotic tissue.

In oral hygiene and dentistry, debridement refers to the removal of plaque and calculus that have accumulated on the teeth. Debridement in this case may be performed using ultrasonic instruments, which fracture the calculus, thereby facilitating its removal, as well as hand tools, including periodontal scaler and curettes, or through the use of chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide.

Debridement is an important part of the healing process for burns and other serious wounds.


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debridement

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For foot and ankle problems, surgery is sometimes the more definitive answer to a persistent problem and the best way to prevent more serious conditions.


-Institute of Surgical Podiatry

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