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Understanding the Use of Assistive Devices for Synthetic Bone Grafting

21 Dec 2022

Assistive devices help about 6.8 million people in America every day, according to the Health Alliance, and now they’re being used in synthetic bone grafting procedures, too. However, assistive devices for bone grafting are not the same as assistive devices for mobility and other needs. Here are some ways that assistive devices are being used for synthetic bone grafting.

What Is Synthetic Bone Grafting?

Most people are familiar with the term bone grafting but may not fully understand what a synthetic bone graft is. A traditional live bone graft depends on human bones for grafting. A synthetic graft does not use human bone material; instead, it uses a composite of synthetic materials.

A synthetic bone graft can be made from ceramic or a combination of natural materials and ceramic. Keep in mind that synthetic bone grafts have been used as orthopedic fillers for a few decades, and this technology continues to improve with time.

What Type of Assistive Devices Are Used With Synthetic Bone Grafts?

Most of the assistive devices that are associated with bone grafting are associated with the placement of the graft. For example, guide wire grafting is a special wire that is used to guide the material into place. Other assistive devices associated with graft delivery are a graft gun and needle kits. Where the bone graft is being implanted will determine what type of assistive delivery device is used.

After the Bone Graft

In the case of orthopedic implants to heal shattered bones, there is a range of assistive devices that may be used. Crutches, wheelchairs, boots, and other assistive devices may be used to give the graft time to heal and to take the weight off the body part that received the bone graft.

In many cases, immediately following a bone graft, assistive devices are used to manage the range of motion and promote a non-weight-bearing status while allowing the patient to move around. Each case is different. The type of assistive device that is authorized depends on the unique situation of your case and what your doctor believes will best promote healing.

Bone grafting can accomplish healing that otherwise would not occur. Assistive devices for synthetic bone grafting can help with initial placement and aftercare. Learn more today by contacting SurGenTec.