Debridement of a Wound, Infection, or Burn
|Surgical Debridement of Lower Leg Wound|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Delayed healing
- Removal of healthy tissue with mechanical debridement
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Take a measurement of the wound
- Provide pain medicine before changing debridement dressings (for nonsurgical procedures)
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Follow your doctor's directions for wound care. If you are unsure about any aspect or unable to manage your care, discuss your concerns with your doctor.
- Keep the wound and dressings clean and dry.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Take medicines as ordered. Do not stop medicines early, even if the wound starts to look better.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the wound site
- Chalky white, blue, or black appearance to tissue around wound
- If general anesthesia was used—cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
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Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society http://www.wocn.org
Canadian Association of Wound Care http://www.cawc.net
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/11/2014 -
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