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Surgical and Reconstructive Treatment of Pressure Injuries

These websites provide consumer education sheets on care and medical information for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Here you’ll find family-friendly material on subjects ranging from caregiving, coping, and adjustment, to medical information on skin care, bladder and bowel care, tips for returning to work and selecting a wheelchair, and other pertinent information. These materials undergo expert and consumer reviews to ensure they are up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly.

Surgical and Reconstructive Treatment of Pressure Injuries

Available in English and Spanish, this factsheet offers general information about surgical and reconstructive treatment of pressure injuries. During surgery, the wound is cleaned (debrided) to remove any dead or infected tissue, which sometimes includes removing some bone. This process creates a larger wound, but the remaining tissue is healthy and more likely to heal. Stage 3 and 4 pressure injuries are wounds that most often need surgical and reconstructive treatment to promote healing.

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