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What is Debridement?

Debridement is a medical term that defines cleansing a wound or injury site of torn or otherwise damaged or dead tissues that may cause infection, failure to heal properly, disability and in some cases, lead to deep infection and gangrene. The process also serves to smooth surfaces of joint cartilage and other internal structures to facilitate the healing process.

Reasons for Debridement

  • Remove burned tissues
  • Remove infected tissue from an injury or wound site
  • Encourage healing of burns or decubitus ulcers


Your doctor may determine that a joint injury or wound may require debridement through a physical examination and asking you questions, as well as numerous diagnostic approaches, including:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI
  • Arthroscopy


Your surgeon may take one of several different approaches to debridement, depending on the type of wound or injury you have and its severity. Several procedures may include but is not limited to:

  • Removing or trimming a thickened synovial membrane that lines a joint
  • Removal of loose pieces or debris left in wounds or joints following an injury
  • Shaving or chipping cartilage for a smoother surface area
  • Removing or trimming cartilage in the knee joint for meniscal repair

Your doctor may use surgical instruments for debridement, or he may apply a chemical debridement lotion or medicine to debride the area. He may also use mechanical methods to remove dead or damaged tissues, including a syringe and catheter, or a whirlpool bath.

What to Expect

The length of the debridement procedure depends on what area of the body is being addresses as well as the severity of your condition. In most cases, you'll be back on your feet within two to three weeks following a successful debridement. In the cases of joint injury, you may be required to wear a brace. Your recovery and rehabilitation will depend on the area and severity of your condition.