Wound Debridement

Wound Debridement

Wound Debridement services offered in Sacramento, CA

If you have a diabetic ulcer or another wound at risk of infection, consider wound debridement. When performed by a qualified professional, wound debridement helps minimize scarring and encourages the growth of healthy tissue. At Elite Wound Care, wound care specialist Wayne Rash, DPM, provides wound debridement on an outpatient basis. To make an appointment, call the office in Sacramento, California, or book online today.

What is wound debridement?

Wound debridement uses special tools or medical-grade solutions to remove infected or dead skin from around an open wound. Debridement helps you begin healing by encouraging the growth of new skin.

By removing dead or infected tissue, Dr. Rash promotes your body’s wound recovery process. This minimizes scars, reduces the risk of complications, and helps you stay mobile.

When should I consider wound debridement?

Make a wound debridement appointment at Elite Wound Care if you develop a diabetic ulcer or another slow-healing wound and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatment. You might also make an appointment if you have a medical condition that affects blood flow to your feet or increases your risk of infection.

What are the types of wound debridement?

At Elite Wound Care, Dr. Rash offers several types of wound debridement, including:

Biological debridement

Biological debridement uses sterile maggots to eat dead or infected tissue. Dr. Rash puts the maggots in a mesh bag and wraps them around the open wound with a bandage. Over the course of treatment, you visit Elite Wound Care several times a week, and Dr. Rash changes your dressing.

Enzymatic debridement

Enzymatic debridement uses a topical gel that contains special enzymes –– proteins derived from plants, animals, or bacteria –– to soften and remove dead or infected tissue. 

During enzymatic debridement, you apply an ointment to your wound several times a day and then cover it with a dressing. Each time you remove the dressing, it causes dead tissue to peel away.

Autolytic debridement

Autolytic debridement uses special wound dressings to retain moisture released by your body. Over time, moisture accumulates inside the bandage, causing your dead or infected tissue to swell and peel away. Dr. Rash might recommend autolytic debridement if you have wounds that are not infected or pressure sores.

Mechanical debridement

During mechanical debridement, Dr. Rash uses handheld tools to remove dead or infected tissue from around an open wound. The process is quick, effective, and allows for greater precision.

What type of wound debridement might benefit me?

The type of wound debridement that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your age, overall health, and the location and type of wound. After a review of your medical records, a physical exam, and a series of lab tests, Dr. Rash can develop a wound debridement treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To see if you can benefit from wound debridement, make an appointment at Elite Wound Care by calling the office or booking online today.