This procedure is done when we require increased bone in the jaw for restoration of teeth with implants
Where do we get bone?
It depends on the amount of bone required. Bone can be harvested from your jaw, hip or rib bone
About hip graft
One of the common source of bone. A “hip graft” involves collecting bone from the pelvis. We harvest either scrapping of bone or a block of the bone. You can usually feel the area of bone that will be used since it forms a bony lump some 6 inches (20cm) above and in front of the hip joint.
What does the surgery involve?
A cut will be made through the skin immediately overlying the bone . The length of the cut depends on the quantity bone that is required i.e. between 1-2 inches.
What happens after the surgery?
The skin will be stitched. There may be a small plastic tube placed which drains tissue fluid or blood to drain out of the wound into a bottle. This usually stays in place for couple of days. Local anaesthetic may also be administered through a second tiny plastic tube to provide pain relief. Some patients may find it difficult to walk for few days. There may be some changes in appearance if large amount bone is removed. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may have to stay in hospital for couple of days.
What should I do at home?
Keep the wound clean and dry. Keep the dressing placed in the hospital for couple of days. If however the dressing becomes soaked, you should clean the wound and place another dressing given to you. Take pain killers according to requirement. Sutures will be removed after 10 days.