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  • Erin’s Story

    By becoming a regular blood donor, Erin realized that tissue donation can also enhance and potentially save lives. “Tissue donation is always going to help someone. One day, that someone could be me.”

Explore their Stories

  • colette4 Colette’s Story Colette had the unique experience of being involved in organ, tissue and eye donation as an ICU nurse and proudly shares that her father was an eye donor. Experiencing that side of donation drives her even harder to discuss donation whenever an opportunity comes up.
  • UTR-150917-AbovetheFold Erin’s Story By becoming a regular blood donor, Erin realized that tissue donation can also enhance and potentially save lives. “Tissue donation is always going to help someone. One day, that someone could be me.”
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Each year, there are more than 1 million tissue transplants performed each year.

Recipients experience various medical conditions that can only be resolved through the application of donated allograft. Please explore these profound individual stories, the types of allograft available to patients and the process it takes to make it possible.

  • Donation Types

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    Repair Cardiac Defects

    Heart valves help repair cardiac defects and are used to replace diseased or deformed valves. Donated valves may be life-saving for these recipients. Most recipients of heart valve transplants are infants and children.

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    Bone Grafts

    Long bones of the leg and the crest of the hip become several smaller grafts used for spinal fusions, hip and knee replacement surgeries, repair damaged or diseased bone, and can help prevent amputations. Another common use for bone grafts is to replace damaged bone around the teeth that can occur from trauma or periodontal disease.

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    Cardiac Bypass Surgeries

    Saphenous veins can be used in cardiac bypass surgeries and in preventing amputations in individuals with chronic circulation problems by restoring blood flow to a leg.

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    Skin Grafts

    Skin grafts help the accelerated healing of burns and other wounds. It is also used to reduce scar tissue, reduce fluid loss, and promote protection from bacterial infection. Skin grafts recovered to the fascia, called full thickness grafts, are used to treat patients experiencing severe abdominal injuries, complicated hernias, breast reconstruction after mastectomy and other soft tissue defects.

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    Repair Injured Tendons and Ligaments

    Tendon and ligament grafts are transplanted into patients who have sustained injuries that decrease mobility. Fascia is the tough membrane that encases muscles. It is used as a tendon to repair injuries to restore mobility. Grafts from donated fascia can also be used as an internal support for organs such as the bladder.

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    Nerve Grafts

    Nerve injuries may result in loss of motor function, sensory function, or both. Nerve injuries may occur as a result of trauma or acute compression, which can result from a herniated disc in the spine and even muscle sprains. Nerve grafts address nerve discontinuities in patients by providing the structure for the body’s own regeneration process.

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