The debridement of a foot ulcer is when necrotic tissue is removed from an ulcer to prevent infection or further issues. This is a common practice in diabetics and others that are prone to circulation and other foot problems. This surgery requires a significant recovery period for a lot of patients, but it can vary depending on the severity of the ulcer.
Debridement is a useful preventative measure when necrotic tissue is present. A successful debridement can prevent infections and amputations in some cases.
Wounds That Won’t Heal
Those with diabetes and other medical conditions are also prone to ulcers that have difficulty healing due to the reduced level of circulation and blood flow near the wound site. This is one reason it is so important for diabetics to reduce the risk of cuts, abrasions, and other wounds.
Compression therapy is another component of treatment that can help prevent debridement from having to be done again or progress to an amputation situation. Compression garments increase circulation so they can help with healing after debridement. A faster healing rate prevents infection from occurring because the wound is open for less time.
Debridement is a widely used practice because it offers so many benefits. Although some may be off-put by the idea of surgery, the pay off is having to endure less serious treatment later in some cases. DFW Wound Care Center has helped many people prevent further issues and get relief from the complications their ulcers have caused them.
Mobility Is Important
One does not realize just how important mobility is until they are at risk of losing what they have. Debridement of foot ulcers can make walking and enjoying daily activities a lot easier. If you or someone in your family is diabetic, it is good to know what types of treatments are out there when it comes to wound care. Loss of mobility can lead to isolation and lack of exercise which can make problems worse.