Ceramics: Clinical evidence for ceramics in spine fusion

Ralph W. Cook, Wellington K Hsu*

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Spine fusion surgery is among the most common orthopedic procedures performed, with autologous iliac crest bone graft (ICBG) considered the gold standard for achieving arthrodesis. Ceramic-based bone grafts have been widely utilized to replace ICBG secondary to complications associated with graft harvest. This review summarizes the current literature regarding the use of ceramics in a variety of spine fusion surgeries, suggesting that ceramic-based bone grafts, when coupled with an osteoinductive source, represent a promising alternative to ICBG. While few high level studies exist, the preponderance of evidence suggests acceptable fusion rates when used appropriately in a variety of applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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