Prospective evaluation of chronic pain associated with posterior autologous iliac crest bone graft harvest and its effect on postoperative outcome Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Bone Transplantation
  • Ilium
  • Pain, Postoperative
  • Spinal Fusion


  • Chronic ICBG harvest site pain and discomfort is reported by a significant percentage of patients undergoing this procedure more than three years following surgery, and these complications are associated with worse patient-reported disability. Future studies should consider employing a control group that does not include autologous bone graft harvest, e.g., a group utilizing rhBMP, to determine whether eliminating harvest-site morbidity does indeed lead to observable improvement in clinical outcome sufficient to justify the increased cost of bone graft substitutes.

publication date

  • May 29, 2009



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2693524

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1477-7525-7-49

PubMed ID

  • 19480692

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 49


  • 7