Bone Morphogenetic Protein
Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) is an isolated protein that induces specific cells in our body to form new collagen and bone. During surgery, the BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge. The sponge is designed to resorb, or disappear, over time. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenetic protein stimulates the surrounding cells to produce new bone. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump starting the normal bone healing process.
Since there is no need to harvest bone from the patients’ hip when using BMP, recipients avoid a second surgical site. Complications from the graft harvest site are also eliminated with the use of bone morphogenetic protein.
Drs. Cristoforo and Neidhart would be happy to discuss all grafting options with you at the time of consultation.