Microvascularized free fibular grafts for reconstruction of skeletal defects after tumor resection

J Pediatr Orthop. 1997 Jul-Aug;17(4):424-32.


A microvascularized free fibular graft was used to reconstruct a skeletal defect after tumor reconstruction in 13 consecutive patients. The patients were evaluated at an average follow-up of 53 months (range, 30-71). The status of each graft was evaluated for time to union, hypertrophy, functional evaluation, and complications. The average time to union was 6.5 months, and significant graft hypertrophy occurred in eight of 13 patients. Complications occurred in seven patients. Two of the 13 patients required removal of the microvascularized graft. Functional evaluation according the the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society yielded an average score of 90 (range, 83-97). The results were rated good or excellent in 11 of 13 patients, and two were rated failures. The microvascularized fibular graft provides an attractive option for the reconstruction of skeletal defects after tumor resection. The results of this procedure are especially good in skeletally immature patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal / surgery
  • Bone Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Bone Transplantation*
  • Child
  • Chondrosarcoma / surgery
  • Female
  • Fibula / blood supply
  • Fibula / transplantation*
  • Fractures, Stress / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteosarcoma / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Treatment Outcome