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Surgical Debridement Specialist

Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM -  - Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist

Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics

Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM

Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX

Surgical debridement is a safe and professional way to trim away dead and dying tissue from a wound or ulcer. At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics in San Antonio, Texas, Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM, uses surgical debridement to prepare wounds for more effective healing. To schedule a debridement consultation, call Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic or book an appointment online today.

Surgical Debridement Q & A

What is surgical debridement?

Surgical debridement is the process of removing debris as well as dead and diseased tissue from a skin ulcer, wound, or burn. Removing dead tissue and waste promotes faster and more effective healing, reduces complications from infections, and minimizes any scarring that lasts after your wound heals. 

Unlike other types of debridement, like biological debridement using sterile maggots or enzymatic debridement using chemicals, surgical debridement uses scalpels, curettes, scissors, and other surgical tools to mechanically remove the tissue and debris. Large and deep wounds typically benefit most from this method. 

At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, Dr. Badam offers topical anesthesia before surgical debridement to numb the area. She gives you instructions before your treatment, like arranging a ride home, that will make the process easier for you. She also tells you what to expect during the recovery period.

What happens before surgical debridement?

At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, Dr. Badam examines and measures the wound before starting the treatment. Some wounds needing debridement are so deep or large that they require cultured skin grafts to heal fast and properly. 

Before surgical debridement begins, Dr. Badam uses irrigation to clear away some of the debris and tissue. During irrigation, she uses the steady flow of a sterile solution to rinse the wound. Irrigation simplifies the process of surgical debridement and gives Dr. Badam a better view of the wound.  

Can I benefit from surgical debridement?

Dr. Badam specializes in treating various wound types and infected tissue using surgical debridement at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics. She might recommend surgical debridement if you have a:

  • Diabetic lower extremity wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection or gangrene
  • Thermal burn wounds
  • Compromised skin graft or flap
  • Radiation necrosis

Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics offers a range of other therapies as part of your comprehensive wound care treatment plan. 

Wound debridement sets you up for more effective healing with treatments like total contact casting (TCC) and other off-loading devices. These treatments take pressure off your wound to encourage healing. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a treatment that helps your blood carry more oxygen, can also accelerate wound healing.

If you have a wound or infection that won’t heal, call Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics or book a consultation online today.