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Howell Steven J. M.D.
Techniques in Orthopaedics: Winter 1996
Arthrodesis Techniques of the Foot and Ankle: Part II: Foot: Tips and Pearls: PDF Only


Use of a hybrid bone graft consisting of bone marrow and blood mixed with a crushed cancellous allograft has been utilized in over 40 arthrodeses procedures in the foot and ankle over a l½-year period. The fusion rates appear to be equal to those of autograft, with less patient morbidity and the ability to obtain a much larger amount of graft material to solve difficult reconstructive situations. The technique is relatively easy. An incision roughly 1½″ long is made over the iliac crest. As much bone as possible is removed from a 1″ × 1-cm slot in the iliac crest, all of the bleeding bone marrow is saved, and 30-60 cc of a crushed cancellous allograft, depending on the amount of bone necessary, is fully saturated. We will discuss utilizing this technique in subtalar fusions

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