Wound Debridement

Advanced treatment methods for chronic,
non-healing wounds

Wound Debridement Services Offered in Lenoir City, TN

Wound debridement involves removing severely damaged or necrotic (dead) tissue from a wound, stimulating the healing process. At Limb Preservation Center of East Tennessee, board-certified physician Heather Hutchings, D.O. and our entire team has specialized wound care experience. Wound debridement is only one aspect of your overall treatment plan when dealing with a chronic, non-healing wound. Call our office in Lenoir City, TN or request an appointment online today to learn more about your treatment options.

FAQ: Wound Debridement

What is wound debridement?
Wound debridement is a critical aspect of wound care with a 70.8% faster healing rate overall when done consistently. Debridement promotes healing by reducing bacterial burden and enhancing the effectiveness of topical treatments. It also stimulates the formation of new tissue along with helping prevent infection and complications such as delayed wound healing. This makes it essential for improving overall wound management outcomes.

Wound debridement eliminates dead tissue — and, with it, harmful bacteria that can cause infection and further damage.

In addition, wound debridement helps speed recovery time. Dead tissue prevents your body’s natural healing pace. By removing the dead tissue, your body’s healing mechanisms can kick in faster and more efficiently.

There are many types of wound debridement, so our team performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine which method suits your body’s needs best. Some of the most common types of wound debridement are: 


Autolytic debridement uses your body’s own fluids to help destroy dead tissue. A moist wound dressing encourages fluid production, which in turn breaks down dead tissue.  


Enzymatic wound debridement involves applying a special topical medication that destroys dead or damaged tissue.


Mechanical debridement involves methods such as whirlpools to erode and eliminate dead tissue.


Surgical debridement uses a surgical blade to remove dead tissue, and then our team dresses your wound to limit bleeding.

Debridement often consists of two methods. For example, the team may combine enzymatic and surgical debridement based on your needs. In addition, wound debridement is often just one aspect of your recovery. You may need other treatments, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy or oral medication, as part of your complete wound care plan.   

Wound debridement is an essential part of healing for many people with chronic, non-healing wounds. These wounds may stem from many sources, including: 

  • Diabetes
  • Radiation burns
  • Surgery
  • Amputation
  • Vascular conditions

A non-healing wound typically causes skin discoloration, drainage, discomfort, puffiness, and other issues. If left untreated, your wound can progressively worsen as bacteria infect the skin and destroy the tissue. The infection may even work its way into the bone and cause permanent damage requiring amputation.

The good news is that wound debridement can help your body heal how it’s supposed to, so don’t wait to get the expert wound care you need. Call our office or request your appointment online today. 


Chronic Wound Evaluation & Treatment

Dr. Hutchings and our expert team will assess your chronic wound and provide a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs.
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Diabetic Foot Ulcers

We offer advanced treatment options to manage and heal diabetic foot ulcers, minimizing complications to achieve optimal outcomes.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers enhance tissue repair and regeneration, promoting faster wound healing and improved outcomes.
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Non-Healing Surgical Wounds

We use advanced techniques to promote healing, mitigate infection risks, and minimize potential complications from non-healing surgical wounds.
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Radiation Injuries

Our team alleviates discomfort and facilitates the healing process for radiation burns and skin injuries.
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Wound Care

We provide compassionate care for diabetic ulcers, radiation burns, and other non-healing wounds.
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Wound Debridement

We remove damaged or infected tissue from wounds to facilitate healing and restore the healthy skin and tissue.
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Ready to take the first step towards healing? You deserve compassionate, innovative wound care that’s tailored to your needs. Call our office in Lenoir City, TN, or request an appointment online today!