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What is a debridement?

What is a debridement? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (medicine) The removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.
  2. (dentistry) The removal of the dental tartar that has accumulated over teeth, typically done using hand tools and ultrasound instruments.
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He was readmitted to the hospital and treated with an arthroscopic debridement of the knee on the 11th postoperative day.
If conservative treatment fails, surgery to excise any bone spurs and debridement of the retrocalcaneal bursa may be helpful.
The clinical investigation was restricted to the debridement of sloughy non-viable tissue only.
The effects of this treatment include bacteriostasis, gentle debridement, debris removal, and evaporative cooling.
Complete detachment of the tendon, debridement, and reattachment should be avoided.
Wet-to-dry debridement should be discontinued once the wound is clean and granulating.

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