The bone morphogenic protein is an isolated protein which induces other cells in the human body to produce new cartilage and bone when some is missing. During a surgery featuring this protein, BMP is soaked onto and will bind with a collagen sponge. The sponge is meant to disappear over time. As it dissolves, the BMP stimulates nearby cells to create new bone in the area. All of the BMP disappears after it has begun the process of healing bones.
One of the benefits of utilizing BMP is that there is no need to harvest bone from a patient’s hip. This means there is no donor site pain or complications in a graft harvest site.
Anyone interested in this procedure or similar grafting options can speak to Dr. Adamous or Dr. Sonnichsen during their consultation.