Free vascularised fibular transplant for replacement of the lower radius

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1979 Aug;61-B(3):362-5. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.61B3.479261.


An operation is described in which a microvascular technique was used to transfer a living fibula, with its vascular pedicle intact, to replace the lower end of the radius after massive resection for giant-cell tumour. Angiography carried out six weeks later showed that the grafted bone was viable. Six months after operation the transplanted fibula showed no osteoporosis or bone resorption and bony union at the junction of host and graft.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Fibula / blood supply
  • Fibula / diagnostic imaging
  • Fibula / transplantation*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Giant Cell Tumors / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radius / surgery*
  • Transplantation, Autologous