Debridement ( /dɨˈbridmənt/) is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, autolytic (self-digestion), and by maggot therapy, where certain species of live maggots selectively eat only necrotic tissue.

In oral hygiene and dentistry, debridement refers to the removal of plaque and calculus that have accumulated on the teeth. Debridement in this case may be performed using ultrasonic instruments, which fracture the calculus, thereby facilitating its removal, as well as hand tools, including periodontal scaler and curettes, or through the use of chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide.

In podiatry practitioners such as chiropodists, podiatrists and foot health practitioners remove callus, corns, verrucas etc.

Debridement is an important part of the healing process for burns and other serious wounds; it is also used for treating some kinds of snake and spider bites.

Sometimes the boundaries of the problem tissue may not be clearly defined. For example, when excising a tumor, there may be micrometastases along the edges of the tumor that are too small to be detected, and if not removed, could cause a relapse. In such circumstances, a surgeon may opt to debride a portion of the surrounding healthy tissue — as little as possible — to ensure that the tumor is completely removed.

Other articles related to "debridement":

Maggot Therapy - Mechanisms of Action - Debridement
... The debridement of necrotic tissue using maggots or other methods have not been proven to provide medical benefit compared to no debridement ...
Maggot Therapy
... Maggot therapy is also known as maggot debridement therapy (MDT), larval therapy, larva therapy, larvae therapy, biodebridement or biosurgery ... cleaning out the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound (debridement) and disinfection ... It was long believed that the debridement is selective on necrotic tissue but new literature first questioned that belief ...
Knee Cartilage Replacement Therapy - Non-biological Treatments - Chondrectomy and Debridement
... and pain include shaving (chondrectomy) and debridement ... It is interesting to note that debridement, introduced by Magnuson in 1941, does not have any scientific basis for existence in fact, it is deleterious in terms of knee biomechanics ...
Haglund's Deformity - Treatment
... surgical treatment Debridement of affected tendon and excision of retrocalcaneal bursa and haglund deformity ... A central approach facilitates such debridement but necessitates detachment of 50% of the tendo achilies from calcaneus which is usually sutered back using bone anchors ... In severe cases after debridement of substatial portion of the tendo achilies, augmentation may be done with the transfer of the flexor hallusis longus muscle ...