Autologous Bone Graft Harvesting with the Use of RIA (Reamer Irrigator Aspirator System: RIA)

  • Peter V. Giannoudis
  • Nikolaos K. Kanakaris


The Reamer Irrigator Aspirator system (RIA – Synthes®, Inc. West Chester, PA) was introduced in 2005 following several years of development. It incorporates specific characteristics that allow simultaneously reaming, irrigation, and aspiration of the generated intramedullary debris.


Proximal Femur Great Trochanter Femoral Shaft Image Intensifier Autologous Bone Graft 
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Further Readings

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    Conway JD. Autograft and nonunions: morbidity with intramedullary bone graft versus iliac crest bone graft. Orthop Clin North Am. 2010;41(1):75–84.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Giannoudis PV, Tzioupis C, Green J. Surgical techniques: how I do it? The Reamer/Irrigator/Aspirator (RIA) system. Injury. 2009;40(11):1231–6.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    McCall TA, Brokaw DS, Jelen BA, et al. Treatment of large segmental bone defects with reamer-irrigator-aspirator bone graft: technique and case series. Orthop Clin North Am. 2010;41(1):63–73.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Quintero AJ, Tarkin IS, Pape HC. Technical tricks when using the reamer irrigator aspirator technique for autologous bone graft harvesting. J Orthop Trauma. 2010;24(1):42–5.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  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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