Bone grafting involves the surgical augmentation or replacement of bone that is malformed, lost, or diseased. This is performed with an autograft (a piece of the patient’s own bone from elsewhere in the body), or with a donated bone from a cadaver. Existing bone and plates and pins or screws are used to hold the new bone in place.
Also Known As:
- Bone graft in surgery
- Bone graft surgery
Conditions Treated with Bone Grafting:
Bone grafting is utilized in cases of osteoporosis, bone fusion, joint fusion, malformed bones, diseased bone, broken bones and oral surgery.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to bone grafting.
Anesthesia with Bone Grafting:
Bone grafting can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation. It can also be performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Bone Grafting:
Possible risks following bone grafting include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for the bone graft to fail.
Prognosis after Bone Grafting:
The prognosis for a positive end result following bone grafting is very good. The risk of bone graft rejection is very low.
Recovery from Bone Grafting:
The total recovery time for bone grafting is two weeks to two months.