Spinal fusion bone grafting
Spinal fusion surgeries are performed to treat a variety of diseases such as hernia and lower back pains, and are performed 1 million times worldwide each year. A severe limitation of this operation is that bone has to be isolated from another body part from the patient and transplanted to grow the spine segments together.
No alternative to current problemsThe current bone transplant substitutes are either ineffective in inducing new bone formation, or dangerous because they rely on a high amount of growth factor proteins.
Summary of problem
60%of patients experience
pain after 2 years of surgery
20%of patients have complications at donor bone site
45minof increased operation time
25%of operations fail mainly due to insufficient harvestable bone
actively working on this topic for his PhD for 5 years