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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine