Fouad Khoury, Prof, DMD, PhD (pictured at right with AO President Dr. Michael Norton) was recently honored for his 10-year clinical study on bone grafting. Nearly 150 JOMI abstracts were reviewed as part of the process, with Dr. Khoury’s emerging as the winning entry for the 2017 William R. Laney Award.
William R. Laney recipient Dr. Fouad Khoury
“It’s not very often that you’re able to see and follow clinical data for 10 years,” said Dr. Fouad Khoury, Prof, DMD, PhD, an oral surgeon from Olsberger, Germany, said of his decade-long research on bone grafting, for which he recently received the 2017 William R. Laney Award.
The award named after AO’s first president and former editor of International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI), William R. Laney, DMD, MS, recognizes the best article published in the past year in the official publication of AO, in which Dr. Laney serves as Editor Emeritus.
The aim of Dr. Khoury’s 10-year prospective study entitled, “Mandibular Bone Block Harvesting from the Retromolar Region: A Ten-year Prospective Clinical Study,” was to evaluate the outcome of bone block harvesting from the external oblique ridge with the MicroSaw and to identify possible morbidity, complications and volume of the harvested block. The research was focused on diagnostic possibilities and specific predictable protocol, allowing a secure harvesting of large volume bone blocks from the mandibular retromolar region.
The results of 3,328 patients treated following the presented protocol demonstrate the ability to obtain bone blocks with a volume up to 4,4cm3 in an average osteotomy time of 6.5 ± 2.5 minutes with a low complication rate. No major nerve lesion with permanent anesthesia of the lower alveolar nerve was observed in any case. The harvested bone blocks were split into two thin bone blocks with the diamond disc according to the split bone block (SBB) technique of the biological concept of grafting procedures. With the thin blocks it was possible to reconstruct successfully 2 and 3 dimensional large bony defects. Where only one block was required for the grafting procedure, the re-implantation of the second half of the split block was useful for the complete regeneration of the donor site.
“It was a great honor and pleasure to present at AO, which holds one of the biggest congresses on implant dentistry. I remember when I was invited to provide my first lecture at the AO Meeting in 1997 in Atlanta. I am very happy to be a 20-year member of this great association.”
– Dr. Fouad Khoury
As a result of his award-winning research, conducted in partnership with Dr. Thomas Hanser, an oral surgeon from Olsdorf, Germany, Dr. Khoury was provided the opportunity to present his work during AO’s 2017 Annual Meeting.
“It was a great day. Attendees at this Congress were impressed with the results. It was very important information to show what we were able to do with this technique,” he said. “An augmentation with autologous bone is still the gold standard with larger lateral or vertical defects. I am very happy about it.”
Dr. Khoury continued, “It was a great honor and pleasure to present at AO, which holds one of the biggest congresses on implant dentistry. I remember when I was invited to provide my first lecture at the AO Meeting in 1997 in Atlanta. I am very happy to be a 20-year member of this great association.”
Recipients of this annual award are selected by a group of peers who serve on AO’s William R. Laney Committee. Members of this committee reviewed 147 articles.
“The evaluation process was a very tough decision, with many high quality manuscripts submitted from around the globe,” said Georgios Romanos, DDS, DMD, PhD, Prof. “Congratulations to Drs. Khoury and Hanser.”