The free vascularized bone graft. A clinical extension of microvascular techniques

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1975 May;55(5):533-44. doi: 10.1097/00006534-197505000-00002.


For the common problem of lower limb injury with extensive. Loss of skin and bone, a new method of free vascularized bone grafting has been used and integrated with an appropriate soft tissue flap repair. The technique was developed to salvage two legs which would otherwise have been amputated. The preliminary result in Case 2 is encouraging. This case would appear to be the first successful distant transfer of a composite fibular graft by microvascular anastomoses to be reported in man.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angiography
  • Arteriovenous Anastomosis
  • Fibula / diagnostic imaging
  • Fibula / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Microcirculation
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Skin Transplantation
  • Tibia / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibia / injuries
  • Tibia / surgery*
  • Transplantation, Autologous / methods
  • Wounds, Gunshot