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Nonvascularized Bone Grafts for Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head: Current Concepts and Techniques

Etienne, Gracia M.D., Ph.D.; Mont, Michael A. M.D.; Khanuja, Harpal S. M.D.; Hungerford, David S. M.D.

Section Editor(s): Aaron, Roy K. M.D.

Techniques in Orthopaedics:
Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head: Articles

For the past 30 years, nonvascularized bone grafts have been used in the treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head. Originally, various tibial, fibular, or iliac crest grafts were introduced through a core track into the femoral head. These produced less than optimal long-term results. More recently, various grafts have been used through windows made in the femoral neck or head to more directly replace the dead bone and support the collapsing segment. Results of these recent techniques are promising and may be further improved in the future by pharmacologic agents that enhance bone healing.

Author Information

From the Department of Orthopaedics, The Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Michael A. Mont, MD, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2401 West Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215: e-mail:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.