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Singapore Adopts Advanced Genetic Engineering in Orthopedic Surgery
Date:4/21/2009

the scope for BMP use will be widened to benefit more patients including those with delayed healing of limb fractures.

"BMP will be particularly useful for patients going into their senior years. For these people, bone grafts alone may not work, because the quality of their bones would have degenerated with age," says A/P Tan.

As the global population ages, spinal fusion will become increasingly necessary. In fact, it is now the fastest rising operation in the United States.

Age-related degeneration aside, patients who have been diagnosed with spine fractures due to bone cancer or who have sustained injuries to the spine could also benefit from fixation of the spine and fusion with BMP.

"The lumbar spine especially carries a lot more load and is therefore subjected to higher stress compared to the cervical spine. Because of this, the healing rate is generally poorer in the lumbar spine." says A/P Tan.

The operation, however, does not come cheap, compared to conventional treatments.

"A spinal fusion with BMP will come to about S$40,000 (US$26,000)," says A/P Tan. This compares favorably to the US, where a similar operation could cost considerably more.

The success rate, though, could more than make up for it. Ultimately, the choice still belongs to the patient.

"It's a trade off, between a long-drawn healing process, versus a potentially faster recovery at extra cost. But now, at least, there is an option," says A/P Tan.

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