Surgeons rely on a bone graft delivery system when treating damaged and fractures bones with a bone graft. The precision of graft delivery is dependent on the quality of the graft delivery device that a surgeon uses. Given the delicate nature of bone grafting, it is key that surgeons use the patented Graft Delivery System (GDS®) such as the Graftgun®.
Minimally Invasive Graft Delivery
Modern devices for graft delivery seek to make the surgical process less invasive. They make bone graft delivery more accurate by using innovative techniques that enable graft delivery to hard-to-reach surgical sites. Additionally, a bone graft delivery device like the Graftgun® gives the surgeon an easier time during the surgical process. The design of a graft delivery device is aimed at simplifying the surgical process and making the surgery more accurate and minimally invasive.
Even more, the modern graft delivery devices allow the surgeon to load the bone graft of their choice that is the best-fit in specific surgeries. The conventional bone graft delivery devices are usually pre-loaded with a specific bone graft — autograft, synthetic, or allograft to reduce the set-up time for the surgeons.
Bone Graft delivery has been greatly improved by modern graft delivery devices. Today, many surgeons are foregoing the traditional graft delivery devices — bone funnel, syringe, and the cannula — in favor of the Graftgun®. The United States being the world’s largest market for medical devices with a market value of $140 billion, is leading the switch to modern bone graft delivery devices.
Other than making bone graft surgery minimally invasive, here are more benefits of modern bone graft delivery devices.
1. Reduces the Cost for Sterilization
When surgeons use the bone funnel, syringe, and the cannula during bone graft delivery, they have to sterilize the devices. On the other hand, a Graftgun® utilizes a disposable peel-pack that keeps the device in an air-tight space, until the surgeon peels it off when ready to use.
2. Helps Surgeons Deliver the Right Amount of Bone Graft
The Graftgun® is installed with a controlled release trigger that helps the surgeon fill the damaged bones with the correct amount of bone graft. This is especially useful and important during spinal fusions. If the surgeon delivers less amount of bone graft between two damaged vertebrae, there will be movement and collision that will cause severe and excessive pain to the patient.
3. Ease of Use During Bone Graft Surgery
During bone graft delivery surgery, a surgeon using a Graftgun® is more flexible because one hand is enough to operate the Graftgun®. This not only makes the surgery process less complicated but also it allows the surgeon to focus more on graft delivery. As such, there is little chance of a surgical error, as the surgeon is fully focused on the surgery. Additionally, the Graftgun® utilizes a flexible and well-marked tube that allows surgeons to access the deepest surgical sites and deliver the bone graft accurately.
4. Reduces the Patient’s Recovery Time After the Surgery
While using the Graftgun®, the operating surgeon makes incisions deep enough to accommodate the streamlined –shaped Graftgun®. Therefore, the incisions are shallow as compared to the ones made when using the funnel graft delivery system. Using modern graft delivery devices ensures that bone graft surgery is less invasive, and this translates to fast recovery times after the surgery.
5. Makes Preparation for Bone Graft Surgery Easier
Since the Graftgun® is mostly ready-to-use, the surgical team will have more time to focus on preparing the patient rather than the devices. As the surgeon is loading up the bone graft in the Graftgun®, the other members of the team can ensure that the patient is fully-prepped for surgery. The patient gets more attention, and this makes the bone graft surgery more successful.
Modern bone graft delivery devices have made bone grafting easier and more comfortable. However, surgeons should only trust the best bone graft manufacturers to supply them with quality bone grafting delivery devices.