Technique of harvest of the free vascularized fibula

Christopher O. Bayne, Allen T. Bishop, Alexander Y. Shin

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Vascularized free fibula transfer is an attractive option for the treatment of segmental bone defects because of faster union rates, fewer fatigue fractures, rapid hypertrophy, and less resorption compared with nonvascularized bone transfer. It is classically indicated for those patients with segmental bone defects >6 to 8 cm. The presence of several peroneal artery fasciocutaneous perforators also makes the inclusion of a skin paddle possible. Although rare, the surgeon must be aware of possible complications associated with this procedure. A careful operative technique is necessary for obtaining excellent surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 12 2014


  • Vascularized
  • free fibula
  • free tissue transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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