During a surgery that requires bone grafting, your surgeon may utilize bone morphogenetic protein (BMP). This substance is an isolated protein that induces specific cells to form new cartilage and bone. As such, BMP application can jump start the bone healing process making the process faster and more successful.
To apply BMP, it is soaked onto a collagen sponge which is placed inside the wound. The sponge dissolves, and the BMP is released to stimulate bone cell growth. Once it has done its job, BMP disappears.
SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
BMP can be harvested by drawing platelets from a small amount of the patient’s blood. The procedure eliminates the need for a more invasive harvest site such as the patient’s hip.
At your consultation, your surgeon will talk to you about the possibility of using BMP for your procedure.