Spine stabilization with bone grafts
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.
Benefits of bone grafts
In traditional open spinal fusion surgery, bone grafts are a locking 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.
Our highly trained surgeons use bone grafts to achieve stabilization during surgery. Types of bone grafts include:
- Autograft — This is the only type of bone graft used by surgeons at Laser Spine Institute. 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 — 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 an 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:
- Small incision
- Muscles are separated, not cut or torn as you might experience with open neck and back surgery
- Less surgical blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- You may 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 use of bone grafts as a means of stabilization, we invite you to consider our minimally invasive spine surgery options. Our surgeons have decades of combined experience in these advanced techniques, helping more than 75,000 patients since 2005.
Our goal is to provide you the highest level of patient care for your complete comfort. Our less invasive techniques are a safer and more effective alternative to open neck and back surgery. Contact Laser Spine Institute to speak with a Spine Care Consultant about your surgical options.