According to the National Library of Medicine, a study about bone grafts was done over the course of 16 years. The researchers looked at what type of bone grafts 2 million people were getting. Their findings revealed a trend indicating that more people were having synthetic bone grafts instead of traditional ones. Why is that? Let’s review a few reasons why the science of synthetics is making its way into orthopedic surgeries.
When people get traditional grafts, there’s always the risk of having disease transferred there. That’s because they have their own tissue grafted in place. That’s not the case when it comes to synthetic grafts, as the material is made in sterile conditions. From there, the surgeon will seal it to prevent any pathogens from making their way in.
When the synthetic grafting material is made, it’s from proteins. That way, when you have synthetic bone grafting, you’re getting something that has the best chance to bond correctly since the proteins are the same ones that can be found in your body. You’ll get a really strong structure, which will then allow your bone to fuse with the screw. This unique ability is drawing more surgeons to try this technique!
Usually, when you have a traditional bone graft, you need to have a visit where the surgeon will remove tissue from a donor part of your body, which will have you feeling uncomfortable. Then, you will have to go for a second visit so that your surgeon can graft the tissue. That’s not the case with synthetic tissue; it’s hydrated so that the surgeon will combine it with sponge-like material that allows your bone to grow through it. This synthetic bone grafting only requires one visit, which eases the process while you’re injured and/or in need of surgery.
As you can see, there are very good reasons for people to start moving toward synthetic bone grafting. As time goes by, it may become the standard for all kinds of grafting. Technology and science have merged in a way to improve the quality of procedures like bone grafts, so if you’re ready to learn more, contact SurGenTec today. We are happy to speak with you about your surgical options.