Encompass Healthcare and Wound Medicine

Enzymatic Wound Debridement

Enzymatic Wound Debridement clears away residual tissue necrosis without disrupting the wound bed.

Enzymatic wound debridement involves the application of collagenase, an enzyme that can selectively digest only the collagen in wounds that holds necrotic tissue to the wound bed. This method of wound debridement is not used in place of surgical or sharp debridement, but rather as an adjunct therapy to treat residual tissue necrosis. It is only one type of wound debridement available at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine.

Enzymatic debridement with Dr. Bruce Ruben at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

Enzymatic debridement with Dr. Bruce Ruben at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

Enzymatic wound debridement is also used when it’s important not to disrupt the wound bed and also to avoid excess bleeding. At Encompass HealthCare, we often use a combination of surgical wound debridement with ultrasonic debridement over the application of collagenase because the removal of necrotic tissue is more immediate.

Other types of wound debridement are available at Encompass HealthCare such as autolytic, surgical, mechanical, ultrasonic, and maggot.

 

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