Without bone grafting, many patients with damaged or diseased bones would not find another effective, less painful, and minimally-invasive treatment. Bone graft surgery relies on bone grafting technology to deliver bone tissue, which are allografts or autografts, to the damaged bones. Graft deliveries are more effective and accurate when using an advanced bone graft delivery device such as the Graftgun®.
As a surgeon, you must know when bone grafting is the most appropriate treatment for patients with bone complications. Generally, there are four main reasons why patients receive graft deliveries to treat their bone issues. Let’s examine these conditions.
Multiple Bone Fractures That Didn’t Respond Well to Initial Treatment
Normally, living bone cells in the bone matrix will help a patient’s bone heal if they sustain a bone fracture. However, in some cases, a bone fracture may cause a big chunk of the bone to tear down. In such a case, common treatments like strengthening the bone with a plaster cast will not work because the fractures are too deep and only bone graft surgery can heal the bones completely.
In other cases, initial treatment may be working well, but the patient terminates the treatment halfway or sustains a second injury before the bone fractures heal completely. You’ll need to perform a bone graft surgery to fix the patient’s bone fractures in such circumstances. When bone fractures have eaten away a large chunk of your patient’s bones that the bone cells cannot repair, or the initial treatment didn’t work effectively, bone grafting will be the most effective solution.
During Joint Fusion Surgery
Also known as arthrodesis, joint fusion treats two bones across a diseased joint by fusing them together. When joint fusion is successful, it strengthens and stabilizes the joints by preventing unnecessary movements between the bones. Mostly, joint fusion is applied for patients with an unstable spine who need spinal fusion surgery.
You can also apply joint fusion surgery to treat arthritis in the foot and other joints, such as ankles, thumbs, wrists, and fingers. To encourage fusion, you may need to replace the diseased joints with a bone graft. This means you’ll need to make graft deliveries to the diseased bones to stimulate healing. Given the complexity of joint fusion surgery, especially spinal fusion, you need to use an effective Graft Delivery System (GDS®). By leveraging bone grafting technology, you’ll perform joint fusion surgery with a higher success rate.
For Bone Regeneration After an Injury, Disease, or Trauma
Certain bone conditions such as Osteoporosis may cause bone loss in a patient. In other cases, a patient may sustain major bone fractures through injury or traumatic accidents. In such conditions, bone graft surgery is the most appropriate treatment for your patients because it enhances the bone regeneration process.
Using a modern bone graft delivery device like the Graftgun®, you can deliver bone graft accurately to replace the missing bones. Making graft deliveries using the Graftgun® allows you to deliver exact bone graft tissue to the affected parts. By dispensing a precise amount of bone graft to fill all bone voids, your patient will have a quick and less painful recovery process. Additionally, these bone graft delivery systems allow for minimally invasive bone graft surgery. This makes the surgery process more bearable for your patient.
Bone Grafting Is Used to Help Bones Heal After Implantation of Medical Devices
Some bone fractures need to be treated using surgically implanted devices such as screws, plates, and joint replacements. After implanting one of these devices in a patient, you’ll need to dispense bone graft around the structure to promote and accelerate bone growth. By making accurate graft deliveries to the surgical site where you have inserted the medical device, you accelerate bone growth, and this helps a patient recover quickly.
As a surgeon, it’s in your patient’s best interest to use an effective bone graft system when treating bone fractures and other bone diseases. Using a Graftgun®, you can make accurate graft deliveries to any surgical site. This will help your patient recover quickly and less painfully.