Autogenous Iliac Crest Bone Graft: Complications and Functional Assessment

  title={Autogenous Iliac Crest Bone Graft: Complications and Functional Assessment},
  author={James A. Goulet and Laura E. Senunas and Gregory L Desilva and Mary Lou Greenfield},
  journal={Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research},
Functional outcomes and complications experienced by adult patients who underwent iliac crest bone grafting were evaluated to assess the effect of bone grafts on patient function. In addition to retrospective chart reviews, patients completed the Sickness Impact Profile and a detailed questionnaire on pain. One hundred ninety-two patients met study inclusion criteria. Major complications were recorded in four (2.4%) patients in whom infections developed requiring readmission. Thirty-seven (21.8… 

An investigation of post-operative morbidity following iliac crest graft harvesting

This study demonstrates considerable morbidity following anterior iliac crest bone harvest for intra-oral augmentation and Clinicians referring patients for such bone graft procedures must be aware of the above morbidities so that any patients referred for such procedures are fully informed.

Research Summary: What do patients think of iliac crest graft harvesting?

Objective A study which examined the morbidity experienced by patients who underwent iliac crest bone graft procedures.Design A post-operative questionnaire was forwarded to patients who underwent

Prospective study of iliac crest bone graft harvest site pain and morbidity.

Morbidity associated with anterior iliac crest bone graft harvesting in children undergoing orthopaedic surgery: a prospective review

This series reveals a very low complication rate and minimal iliac crest graft harvest site pain in children undergoing non-spinal orthopaedic surgery, and the pain experienced is short-lived.

Prospective observational study of donor-site morbidity following anterior iliac crest bone-grafting in orthopaedic trauma reconstruction patients.

Anterior iliac crest bone-grafting for nonunion was a well-tolerated procedure and did not appear to impair function or well-being compared with alternative treatments.

Patient Perceptions of Iliac Crest Bone Grafting in Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

About half of patients undergoing MIS TLIF with ICBG are able to correctly identify which side of their iliac crest was harvested, however, the majority of patients reporting pain were unable to correctly identified the side of harvest.

Anterior vertebral body replacement with a titanium implant of adjustable height: a prospective clinical study

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Comparison of traditional and intrafascial iliac crest bone-graft harvesting in lumbar spinal surgery

The intrafascial graft harvesting technique minimizes morbidity and increases patient satisfaction compared with the traditional bone harvesting technique and is recommended for posterior lumbar spinal fusion patients.

Iliac crest morbidity following maxillofacial bone grafting in children: a clinical and radiographic prospective study.

Persistent Iliac Crest Donor Site Pain: Independent Outcome Assessment

Independent outcome assessment values should be provided to patients in preoperative discussions regarding donor site morbidity, based on independent observations, for the most accurate interpretation of perceptions of iliac crest donor site pain.



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A review of the medical records of 239 patients with 243 autogenous bone grafts was undertaken to document the morbidity at the donor sites, finding that there was a much higher complication rate if the incision used for the surgery was also the sameincision used to harvest the bone graft.

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The iliac crest donor site for alveolar bone grafting has been common practice in this institution for years under the assumption that little or no postoperative morbidity occurred, and no patients experienced serious or long-term complications at the surgical donor site.

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Morbidity following 104 bone graft harvesting operations in 72 patients is documented and early morbidity of iliac donor sites was found to be far greater than that of rib donor sites.

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Autogenous bone grafts from the ilium are frequently harvested for purposes of bone union and/or stability, but awareness of the anatomy and complications may aid in planning the approach and minimizing the risks.

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Bicortical grafts should be taken from areas as much as 5 cm posterior to the anterior superior iliac spine to avoid this complication.


A rare complication of iliac bone graft procurement is described, in which the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can be injured during the procedure, or it can be entrapped in healing scar after the