Due to the bilateral cleft, her maxilla or upper jaw bone was in 3 parts. Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. S.M. Balaji performed the alveolar cleft reconstruction using the miracle protein rhBMP-2. This protein stimulates the body’s own cells to rapidly form new bone at the site of placement. Following surgery, there was complete bone fill in the cleft defects thereby joining the 3 segments into a single complete maxilla.
By using this revolutionary technology, additional bone graft surgery and scarring at the graft site is avoided. Dr. Balaji has successfully used this novel protein in complete reconstruction of several facial bone defects.