Medical Applications of Donated Tissue

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Other Tissue
Bones and Connective Tissue
Donated
Tissue
Cardiovascular Tissue
Eye Tissue
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Decision: Donation, organdonor.gov
Sclera
Cornea
Blood
Blood vessels
Heart valves
Ligaments
Cartilage
Achilles’ tendon
Rib
Femur(upper leg) and Tibia(lower leg)
Humerus
Skin
Nerve(femoral, sural)
Replaces diseased or damaged cornea.
Prevents blindness; restores vision.
Repairs eyelid; reinforces wall of eye. Also used to repair ruptured eardrums.
Prevents blindness; restores hearing.
Replacement for damaged heart valves. Most common recipients are children born with congenital heart valve defects.
Older children who receive heart valve transplants may grow into grafts and require no second surgery for size—though infants and younger children may.
Transplanted to restore circulation in the heart and extremities.
Helps prevent need for amputation and helps the heart meet the needs of the body.
Nine out of ten people who live to the age of 80 will need some type of blood component transfusion during their life.
Restores normal blood functions.
Reconstruction related to trauma, tumors, degenerative diseases, and fractures. Total hip revision.
Prevents need for amputation. Accelerates, promotes, and allows healing. Restores mobility.
Reconstruction related to trauma, tumors, degenerative diseases, and fractures. Supplement for small defects. Cervical spinal fusion.
Prevents need for amputation. Accelerates, promotes, and allows healing. Restores mobility
Used as a bone graft for jaw repair.
Restores normal facial appearance.
Replaces ligament; used as rotator cuff; replaces Achilles’ tendon.
Restores mobility; restores independence in activities of daily living.
Repairs congenital and traumatic facial deformity.
Rotator cuff used in shoulder repair. Used for bladder suspension.
Restores independence in activities of daily living.
Neurosurgery in wrist.
Restores feeling and function of hand.
Grafts for burn victims; temporary graft to prevent infection, decrease pain, prevent heat and fluid loss, and reduce scarring until patient’s skin regrows.
Promotes healing; natural barrier to infection.
Typical Applications
Benefits for Recipients
Medical Applications of Donated Tissue