Calcium phosphate bioceramics solutions for spine industry - Medical / Health Care
Spinal fusion is the largest user of bone grafting materials. The goal is to generate bone where no bone naturally exists in order to bring about fusion across two or more vertebra. Traditionally iliac crest bone chips have been the main source of a scaffold material to facilitate the necessary bone growth. Such bone chips work very well for fusion but co-morbidity at the iliac crest harvest site can result in the patient experiencing as much pain from the harvest site as from their original spinal complaint. Therefore alternative graft materials are often used in spinal fusion including allograft bone and synthetic calcium phosphates. The calcium phosphates are usually incorporated into devices especially designed for fusion procedures. These devices, containing calcium phosphates, can be in the form of puttys, collagen strips or other custom devices. As such they are very convenient to use and simplify the surgeon’s task.
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