Today at the annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association in Philadelphia, David Armstrong, DPM, PhD, professor of surgery and director of Scholl’s Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, presented a manuscript titled “Serial Surgical Debridement Increases the Healing Rates of Chronic Lower Extremity Wounds.”

The analysis, released by Advanced BioHealing Inc (Philadelphia), demonstrates the value of serial debridement in treating lower extremity wounds.

"The value of serial debridement has been a somewhat controversial topic throughout the years." Armstrong says, "We believe these data conclusively demonstrate the importance of this clinical procedure in facilitating closure of chronic wounds." 

Armstrong and other researchers studied data from more than 500 patients of two large clinical studies of wound healing. They found that serial wound debridement increased the rate of wound healing and the likelihood of total wound closure.

Source: Advanced BioHealing Inc; August 1