How and why to surgically debride neuropathic diabetic foot wounds

David G. Armstrong, Lawrence A. Lavery, Jeffrey R. Vazquez, Brent P. Nixon, Andrew J.M. Boulton

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Wound debridement, when systematically performed, may be as important as off-loading in reducing the prevalence of chronic inflammatory by-products in a wound and thus in converting a chronic wound into an acute one. Although it has been suggested that aggressive surgical debridement of wounds may be beneficial, there have been few, if any, technical descriptions of this aspect of therapy. It is therefore the purpose of this article to describe the general principles, process, and technique of outpatient surgical debridement of noninfected, nonischemic neuropathic diabetic foot wounds performed at the authors' institutions. The authors hope to foster further discussion leading to improvement in the process and the prevalence of such debridement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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