Bone graft surgery is commonly used to heal damaged and fractured bones. Bone grafting helps millions of people with bone fractures and damaged joints to heal more quickly, and without enduring a lot of pain. To conduct a successful bone graft surgery, surgeons rely on a bone graft delivery device that helps them dispense the right amount of bone graft. Given the importance of graft delivery device in bone grafting, doctors need to pick the right one. Here’s what surgeons should consider when selecting a bone graft delivery device.
1. Ease of Use
Just like any other surgery, bone graft surgery requires you to be precise in every step — from making initial incisions to filling the bone voids with the appropriate bone graft material. Having a surgeon-friendly bone graft delivery device such as the Graftgun® will give you more stability and freedom as you can operate the Graftgun® with one hand. You should select a bone graft delivery system that gives you more ease of operation. You need a bone graft delivery device that gives you a tactile feel when you’re filling void spaces. This will give you more control over the graft delivery process and you’ll be able to tell when the void space has been filled. You don’t want to dispense an insufficient quantity of the bone graft material or fill the bone fractures with excess bone graft.
2. Accommodates All Types of Bone Graft Material
Whether you’re using autografts, allografts, or synthetic variants, you need a universal graft gun that can utilize your choice of bone graft. A good Graft Delivery System (GDS®) will allow you to use the most appropriate bone graft for each patient, without limitations. With a flexible Graftgun®, you’ll be able to comfortably inject any type of bone graft to fill disc spaces and interbody cages that are complex and far to reach. You should avoid the graft delivery devices that confine you to one type of bone graft, as it will be expensive to utilize many graft delivery devices for a single bone graft surgical procedure.
3. You Want a Well-Marked Universal Graft Gun
You need to deliver the precise amount of bone graft for the bone fractures to heal well. For instance, when you’re operating on a spinal fusion surgery, you’ll need to deliver the exact amount of bone graft to stop collision between two vertebral bodies. Using a well-marked bone graft delivery device like the Graftgun® will help you be more precise. The Graftgun® releases about .25cc of orthobiologic in one squeeze. This is great because it will allow you to correctly measure the exact amount of bone graft that you need to deliver. Therefore, you’ll be more confident when post-filling interbody cages — especially the expandable cages that may give you a hard time to fill.
4. Cost and Time Savings
If a bone graft delivery device will help you save certain expenses such as sterilization costs, you should go for it. Additionally, if a graft delivery device will also allow you to save more time during bone graft surgery, that’s a welcome addition. As the bone grafting technology continues to improve, bone graft manufactures are coming up with modern graft delivery devices such as the Graftgun®, which allows surgeons to perform at their best. Select the graft delivery device that will save you time and money.
Majority of the patients will need bone graft surgery because of four common reasons. These include fusion for damaged joint, healing bones following the implantation of medical devices, bone regeneration following disease or injury, and for repairing bone fractures that didn’t heal well during the initial treatment.
Equipped with a suitable bone graft delivery device, surgeons can offer less invasive and painless treatment methods for patients who need bone graft surgery. When selecting a Graft Delivery System (GDS®), surgeons in the United States are opting for the one that allows them to be more innovative and also gives them more freedom when conducting bone graft surgeries.