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How Bone Graft Delivery Systems Mitigate the Risks of Bone Graft Surgery

12 Nov 2020

As a surgeon, you derive joy and satisfaction when you complete a surgical process with no complications, and your patient is glad to have had the surgery. Bone graft surgery is the most common bone repair method for complex fractures, bone fusion, and regeneration of lost or damaged bones. When you perform bone graft surgery perfectly, your patient’s bone fractures will heal in two to 10 weeks. To help you carry out the bone graft surgery successfully, you should consider using a bone graft delivery device, such as the Graftgun®.

How will a bone graft delivery system improve your bone graft surgery and help you avert common risks associated with the procedure? Here’s how.

1. Graft Delivery Devices Helps You Deliver Exact Amounts of Bone Graft

When you’re filling a bone void with either autograft tissue, allograft tissue, or synthetic tissue, you need to dispense the right amount. Insufficient bone graft quantities would lead to nonunion or endplate failure, and your patient will be under excessive pain. Dispensing excess amounts of bone graft may also lead to complications, especially during bone fusion. Graft delivery devices like the Graftgun® help you control the amount of bone graft you dispense to your patient because it’s well marked and calibrated. Additionally, the Graftgun® has a long and flexible 7.5 cc tube that allows you to dispense bone graft in hard to reach inter-body cages.

When you use bone graft delivery systems during bone graft surgery, you can accurately dispense the right amounts of bone graft material. As a result, your patient will not have inflammation, nonunion, or endplate failure, which are common risks during bone graft surgery.

2. Devices for Graft Delivery Facilitate Minimally Invasive Bone Graft Surgery

If you can perform bone graft surgery with minimum incisions, your patient will experience less pain during recovery. Using the traditional bone grafting technology that utilized syringes, funnels, and cannulas would require you to make more incisions. A more invasive surgical procedure increases the chances of nerve injury and makes the surgery more painful to the patient. On the other hand, minimally invasive surgery causes less pain to your patient and also reduces the chances of nerve damage. Using a Graftgun® gives you more stability and balance during the operation because you can operate the Graftgun® using one hand. Depending on the type of surgery, you may only have to make one incision to allow the graft gun tube to access the surgical site and dispense the bone graft.

Overall, a bone graft delivery device will make the bone graft surgery more effective because you’ll make fewer incisions on your patient. Because of that, your patient will recover quickly with less pain. Additionally, there will be fewer risks of bleeding and infection. This makes graft delivery systems GDS® extremely useful in bone graft surgery, given the many risks it eliminates.

3. Bone Graft Delivery Devices Allows You to Use Any Bone Graft Material

Using the Graftgun®, you can dispense any type of bone graft you deem fit for your patient. Whether you’re using allograft or autograft tissue, the Graftgun® will allow you to deliver precise amounts of graft tissue to the surgical site. When you use the appropriate bone graft material, you reduce bone graft rejection and reabsorption risk. The modern graft delivery systems GDS® don’t limit you to using one type of bone graft material. So, if a patient has multiple bone fractures and you need to use different bone graft material during surgery, the Graftgun® will come in handy.

Pain, inflammation, nerve injury, rejection, and reabsorption of bone graft are some of the risks associated with bone graft surgery. Using modern bone graft delivery devices such as the Graftgun® alleviates these risks and makes the surgery more effective and successful. Additionally, your patient will have a fast and less painful recovery because graft delivery devices facilitate minimally invasive bone graft surgery. Graft delivery devices also increase the ease of operation by increasing your stability and balance while performing the surgery.