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Bone grafting replaces damaged or missing bone with new bone and is used for surgical arthrodesis. Patients benefit from a huge variety of bone graft techniques and options for spinal fusions. This article reviews the rich history of bone grafts in surgery with particular emphasis on spinal fusion. During the early years of bone grafting in spine surgery, bone grafts were used on tuberculosis patients, and the structural support of the graft was most the important consideration. Between 1960 and 2000, many advances were made, specifically in the use of bone graft substitutes. The field of bone grafts in spine surgery has evolved rapidly since first described.Copyright © 2022, Hampel et al.


Gilad A Hampel, Emre Yilmaz, Chrissie Massrey, William Clifton, Joe Iwanaga, Marios Loukas, R Shane Tubbs. History of Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery. Cureus. 2022 May;14(5):e24655

PMID: 35663670

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