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Bone graft material is used whenever there's a need for extra bone to support a fracture site or defect in the bone. It's easily available (taken from the patient's pelvic bone) and inexpensive. And it is bone inductive (fosters bone growth) to provide structural support to the damaged area. The downside is that the graft site can be painful for a very long time. In some cases, infection can delay recovery. Patients often report difficulty walking due to the pain. And the combination of pain and impaired walking result in loss of function. To help patients avoid the major and minor complications of bone graft, scientists are exploring the use of bone substitutes. One of those bone substitutes ( alpha-BSM ) is the subject of this study. Patients with an acute fracture of the tibial plateau were the subject of this multicenter study. Twelve study sites from around the North American continent were involved. The tibial plateau is the flat top of the upper portion of the tibia (lower leg bone...
Taking bisphosphonates has long been considered to pose some risk -- though relatively uncommon -- of necrosis of the jaw, in which the bones in the mouth are unable to heal normally, after oral surgery for example. While intravenous bisphosphonates are the kind most associated with this side effect, the latest research suggests that oral bisphosphonates may actually decrease this risk. A study by Harvard researchers in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that oral bisphosphonate use reduced the chance of necrosis of the jaw by 35 percent in patients with osteoporosis. That's promising news for those already on medications such as Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel -- and for those suffering from osteoporosis but concerned about bisphosphonates' effect on the jaw, it might be a good time to consult with your doctor about taking into account this latest information. An article about this is on our Web site at http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-...
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