How are bone grafts used to stabilize the spine?
During surgery, bone grafts are used to stabilize an unstable area of the spine and to help bones fuse or heal together. With the help of a bone graft, your surgeon can create a natural form of connection during spinal surgery. Read on to learn about the benefits of using bone grafts and the procedures that Laser Spine Institute offers to stabilize the spine.
Benefits of bone grafts
In traditional open spinal fusion surgery, bone grafts are a mechanism to add increased stability to the spine. Generally, bone grafts are used with the aid of hardware in order to reinforce the stability of the procedure. The bone graft itself does not provide immediate bone stability, but as you recover, a bone graft will encourage new bone to grow and lock into its fused location.
The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use bone grafts to achieve stabilization during surgery. Types of bone grafts include:
- Autograft. This type of graft uses your own bone.
- Bone substitutes. These are used as an extension or substitute to the bone.
- Bone morphogenetic proteins. These are generally used in the stimulation of increased bone growth.
- Allograft. This is another type of bone graft, which uses bone from a cadaver or a bone bank.
Minimally invasive bone graft procedures
If you require stabilization of the spine, minimally invasive stabilization with bone grafts is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back procedures.^ Minimally invasive stabilization helps to restore alignment and stability, offering you a number of benefits, including:
- Muscles are separated, not cut or torn as in done with traditional open neck and back surgery
- No lengthy recovery^
- Small incision
- Reduced risk of complication and infection^
- Less surgical blood loss
- Be up and walking within a few hours of surgery^
If your doctor has told you that you would benefit from a traditional open back fusion with the use of bone grafts as a means of stabilization, we invite you to reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our surgeons have decades of combined experience in these techniques, helping more than 75,000 patients since 2005.
At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to provide you the highest level of patient care for your complete comfort. Our streamlined experience reduces hospital-associated costs and allows our patients to get back to their lives faster. Contact us today to learn more about our stabilization procedures performed in our state-of-the-art facilities throughout the country. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.