Alexander Periosteal Elevator

Alexander Periosteal Elevator

The use of the Alexander Periosteal Elevator may lead to certain side effects. These may include the following:

  • Tissue Trauma: Improper or excessive use of the periosteal elevator can potentially cause trauma or injury to surrounding tissues, including the periosteum, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.
  • Infection: This is the most common complication faced by patients after a surgery. Proper sterile techniques and wound care are necessary to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Pain and Discomfort: The use of this instrument can cause postoperative pain and discomfort at the surgical site.
  • Bleeding: Inadvertent damage to blood vessels during periosteal elevation can lead to bleeding. Proper technique and careful attention to anatomical structures can help minimize this risk.

The Alexander Periosteal Elevator is a surgical instrument commonly used in various orthopedic and dental procedures. It is specifically designed for the elevation and separation of the periosteum, which is the dense connective tissue that covers the outer surface of bones.


During a surgical procedure, the Alexander Periosteal Elevator is used to lift and separate the periosteum from the underlying bone. By carefully inserting the rounded or curved end of the blade between the periosteum and the bone surface, the surgeon can create a space and gently elevate the periosteum without causing significant damage to the tissues.


The periosteal elevator is commonly used in procedures such as bone grafting, osteotomy, fracture reduction, and implant placement. It helps expose the underlying bone, create a surgical field, and facilitate access to further surgical steps. By elevating the periosteum, the instrument allows the surgeon to visualize and manipulate the bone more effectively, ensuring the accurate placement of implants, bone grafts, or fixation devices.