Hydrosurgical Debridement Use Associated With Decreased Surgical Site-Related Readmissions

A Retrospective Analysis

Crystal Valerie James, MD; Munir Patel, MD; Nicole Ilonzo, MD; Kojo Wallace, MD; Jani Lee, MD; Mabel Chan, MD; Scott Ellis, MD; John C. Lantis II, MD


Wounds. 2021;33(6):139-142. 

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The limitations of this study include the retrospective and single-center nature of the analysis. Additionally, the decision to use hydrosurgical debridement is usually made for specific types of wounds. At the study authors' institution, such debridement typically is used on wounds with a relatively flat contour and with necrotic or fibrinous slough at the base of the wound. Thus, it is difficult to generalize the results of this analysis to all wound types.

Further subset analysis of wound type by etiology is needed to learn whether a particular subgroup of wounds is affected to a greater (or lesser) degree with use of hydrosurgery. Such findings could potentially aid the surgeon in identifying which wounds could benefit most from this method of debridement.