Anterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Harvesting

  • Peter V. Giannoudis
  • Efthimios J. Karadimas
  • Nikolaos K. Kanakaris


Autologous bone harvesting from the anterior iliac crest represents the gold standard harvesting technique. It allows the harvesting of cancellous bone, corticocancellous bone strips, or even tricortical bone, as appropriate. The harvested bone provides the full spectrum of osteogenic, osteoconductive, and osteoinductive properties, as well as structural support if needed (tricortical bone graft).


Iliac Crest Cancellous Bone Anterior Superior Iliac Spine Iliac Crest Bone Graft Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve 
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Further Reading

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    Seiler 3rd JG, Johnson J. Iliac crest autogenous bone grafting: donor site complications. J South Orthop Assoc. 2000;9:91–7.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Westrich GH, Geller DS, O’Malley MJ, et al. Anterior iliac crest bone graft harvesting using the corticocancellous reamer system. J Orthop Trauma. 2001;15:500–6.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Velchuru VR, Satish SG, Petri GJ, et al. Hernia through an iliac crest bone graft site: report of a case and review of the literature. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 2006;63:166–8.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Singh JR, Nwosu U, Egol KA. Long-term functional outcome and donor-site morbidity associated with autogenous iliac crest bone grafts utilizing a modified anterior approach. Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2009;67(4):347–51.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Kim DH, Rhim R, Li L, et al. Prospective study of iliac crest bone graft harvest site pain and morbidity. Spine J. 2009;9:886–92.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter V. Giannoudis
    • 1
  • Efthimios J. Karadimas
    • 2
  • Nikolaos K. Kanakaris
    • 2
  1. 1.Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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