The necessity for additional bone for certain orthopedic operations has undoubtedly presented itself to surgeons many times. Secondary operations to obtain more bone are the result, thus prolonging the operative time, increasing morbidity and occasionally promoting a complicating factor. In certain patients, especially children, it may be difficult or impossible to obtain enough autogenous bone for the operation. Spinal fusions for scoliosis and disorders of the lower part of the back, the filling of large bone cysts and the replacement of defects in bone are a few of the common problems in which large quantities of bone are necessary.
BUSH LF, GARBER CZ. THE BONE BANK. JAMA. 1948;137(7):588–594. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890410010003
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