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Benefits of Tissue Donation

Everyone can join the registry and become a tissue donor.

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Tissue Transplant Benefits


One tissue donor can restore the health and enhance the lives of up to 75 people. Donated human tissue can be used in intricate surgeries and can also benefit patients in a variety of life-threatening medical situations, including healing severe burns, repairing torn ligaments and tendons, restoring mobility, and repairing musculoskeletal structures like teeth, skin and spinal components.

Tissues possible to be donated include:

  • Bone: used to treat patients with orthopedic cancers, damaged spines and damaged joints
  • Tendons and ligaments: used for joint reconstruction and repair of sports injuries
  • Skin: used to treat burns, for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, and for treatment of wounds
  • Veins and arteries: used to treat those suffering from diabetes and vascular diseases
  • Heart valves: used to repair damaged or diseased heart valves
  • Corneas: used to replace damaged or diseased corneas to improve eyesight

Facts to consider:

  • More than 300,000 bone grafts will be used this year to treat irreversible bone diseases and traumatic injuries, often saving damaged limbs from amputation
  • An estimated 35,000 corneas will be transplanted to restore patients’ eyesight this year
  • About 100,000 skin grafts are performed annually to treat extensive wounds or trauma

Register as an organ, tissue and eye donor.

Tissue Donation Facts

Rebecca Quall, MS, CTBS, Manager of Tissue Services at Versiti answers why tissue donation is important and other common questions.
 

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