In Search of an Ideal Bone Graft

  • Ping-Chung Leung


In 1915, Albee first introduced bone grafting technique into surgical practice [1], During World War II, the technique was used much more frequently, first for faciomaxillary and then for orthopaedic surgery [2], with grafts being taken from cancellous bone. Since then, bone grafting has become one of the fundamental techniques used in bone and joint surgery. This technique is indicated for example, for
  1. (a)

    filling of bone cavities,

  2. (b)

    replacement of bone losses,

  3. (c)

    delayed union and non-unions,

  4. (d)

    fusion of joints and

  5. (e)

    skull augmentations.


Obviously, it is most commonly used in filling bone gaps and in non-union of fractures.


Cortical Bone Cancellous Bone Bone Grafting Material Bone Transplant Cambium Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ping-Chung Leung
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatic Surgery, Prince of Wales HospitalChinese University of Hong KongShatin, N.T.Hong Kong

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