Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and bedsores typically take weeks or even months to heal. If so, prolonged healing time gives rise to the risk of developing potentially life-threatening complications. Fortunately, there is a treatment available, called “debridement,” which can dramatically reduce healing time. Essentially, debridement involves the removal of dead tissue and debris that stand in the way of healing. There are various forms of debridement, including surgical (using a scalpel or scissors), mechanical (pulling dead skin off through various means), enzymatic (using enzymes and chemicals to dissolve tissue), and autolytic (using the body’s own dead tissue-dissolving ability). Because debridement is not suitable for all cases, consultation with the dermatologist is essential.
At my practice, we have special expertise in a wide variety of conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails. We offer a full range of dermatology services, from general to specialized care. Whether you have questions about your skin’s health or are looking for a way to improve your appearance, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Because patients with peripheral arterial disease cannot undergo debridement (because the treatment can worsen wounds), revascularization may be considered to improve blood flow.