Like organ and corneal transplants, our ability to provide tissue for transplantation depends on the generosity of donor families. 1 in 20 Americans will require some type of tissue transplant each year. More than 1 million tissue transplant surgeries are performed every year in the U.S. Donated tissue has many uses and can be lifesaving to those who receive transplants.
Common Uses: Rebuild bones damaged by injury or disease, Jaw reconstruction
Tendons and Ligaments
Common Uses: Repair knee and ankle injuries
Common Uses: Lifesaving surgeries for children with damaged valves and adults with heart disease
Veins and Arteries
Common Uses: Heart bypass surgery, restore blood flow to prevent amputation
Common Uses: Heal burns, reconstructive surgery after mastectomy