BMP used in about 10 percent of pediatric spinal surgeries

BMP used in about 10 percent of pediatric spinal surgeriesA recent study found that use of the bone growth material, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), was prevalent in pediatric spinal fusion surgeries despite it never being approved for use on children.

BMP is a so-called revolutionary means of bypassing the traditional bone grafting method used in most spinal fusion surgeries to encourage new bone growth. According to the results of a study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York in a letter published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, products containing BMP are used in 9.2 percent of all pediatric spinal fusion surgeries. [Read more...]