Successful fusions in challenging cases can be facilitated when the site is augmented with Autograft bone. Autograft bone that is harvested from the iliac crest is generally considered the "gold standard" for joint fusions but graft harvest is associated with frequent complications and pain.
To evaluate parameters associated with the platelet concentrates (PRP) produced by three commercially successful PRP systems.
To compare bone marrow concentrates produced with two commercial systems, the EmCyte GSBMA-544E and the Harvest/Terumo BMAC2.
A new device (Marrow Cellution or MC) which aspirates bone marrow from the iliac crest (and other bones with reservoirs of stem cells) provides a less invasive alternative to traditional autograft harvest.