The use of bone, cartilaginous and musculotendinous allografts in hand and forearm reconstruction surgery

Title: The use of bone, cartilaginous and musculotendinous allografts in hand and forearm reconstruction surgery
Authors: S. Marinescu, C. Giuglea, A.M. Boiangiu, I.P. Florescu, I. Lascăr

Abstract: Millions of allografts are used all over the world annually. Although the best known and advertised
allografts, that require top surgical skills, are those used as heart, heart-lung transplants, liver or kidney
transplants, they are only a small percentage of all the allografts used in the entire world. Most of them are
bone, tendon, aponeurosis or skin allografts, used especially in the surgery of the locomotor system or for the
repair of various tissue defects. These biological materials can be processed and stored in tissue banks and
they do not require immunosuppression. This paper wishes to give an overview of the ways in which these
bone, tendon, cartilaginous and aponeurotic allografts can be used in the reconstructive surgery of the hand
and forearm.

Keywords: allografts, hand surgery.