Bone Morphogenetic Protein
Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is a naturally occurring human protein the body produces to form new cartilage and bone. Scientists have isolated and genetically engineered BMP so that it can be used in surgery to increase the rate and quantity of new bone formation. During surgery, the BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge. The sponge is designed to disappear over time. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenic protein stimulates the cells to produce new bone. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump-starting the normal bone healing process. The use of BMP often spares the patient bone harvest from the hip, leg or jaw bone. This saves the patient a second surgical site, pain and any potential complications from the bone harvest. Dr. Benjamin Foley and Dr. Thao Le would be happy to discuss all grafting options with you at the time of consultation.