In recent years, the healthcare field has continued to invest in product innovation, even though potential market disruptors lurked on the horizon1. But where can you draw the line on having to choose between the latest & greatest vs. tried & true? Do you have to?

You’ve been taught one thing, but then your colleagues or medical sales reps show you what they think is the latest and greatest, and now you’re faced with a tough choice. All you want is the best outcome for your patient.

The use of allografts in sports medicine and orthopedic reconstruction procedures is well in place. But the best cleaning/sterilization process is a whole other subject2.

In one corner, we have Team Fresh-Frozen. Those in this camp strongly believe their methods result in superior biological and biomechanical characteristics compared to the other option. They point to reports that reveal terminal sterilization procedures on contaminated products may not be efficacious or as safe as their counterpart claims. Reports also say that regarding the ability of terminal g-irradiation to safely reduce allograft, bone waste comes into question.

In the other corner we have Team Irradiation, which advocates for safer grafts using sterile processing to protect against bacterial and viral transmission. Even within this team, there’s some good-natured locker room disagreement: There are a variety of processes used to achieve sterility, commonly using y irradiation in range between 10 and 25 kGy. So, more choices!

You’re in the middle, but you’re not alone. At Genesis, we serve many surgeons across the nation, each have their preferences with the best patient care in mind. The options can be daunting, but we put to rest their worries. Genesis invests heavily in insuring both options are available to meet our surgeon’s needs. Come over to the allograft side. Contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss the options with you.

Stay tuned for our next post where we will discuss the Immunogenicity of allografts.


1The Global Market for Medical Devices, 7th Edition, Kalorama Information – May 13, 2016 – KLI15002686

2 Fresh-frozen vs. irradiated allograft bone in orthopaedic reconstructive surgery, Injury Volume 40, Issue 12, December 2009, Pages 1260-1264