There are many circumstances under which a patient may require a bone or tissue transplant. In some cases, tissue donation can save lives. More often, it greatly improves the recipient’s life.
Donated bone tissue can be grafted to replace bone which has been lost as a result of tumours, or through other disease or accidents. It is also used to aid fracture healing, strengthen hip and knee joint replacements, and to repair curvatures of the spine (scoliosis) in children and teenagers. One donor can transform the lives of many people - there are often 20-30 recipients who benefit from one multi-tissue donor.
Living Donor Program
Patients undergoing hip replacement surgery can choose to donate the ball part of their hip joint (femoral head), which is removed and otherwise discarded as a routine part of the procedure.
Cadaveric (deceased) Donor Program
It is possible to donate bone and other tissue when you pass away. It is important to discuss your wishes about organ and tissue donation with your family, so that your next of kin can make an informed decision if approached by a Donor Coordinator after your death.
In retrieving bone and tissue to be donated, the body of the deceased is handled with care and respect at all times. Bone and tissue is carefully removed and packaged by trained surgical staff. Using prosthetic implants, the limbs are reconstructed to restore alignment, and all wounds are carefully sutured as for any surgical procedure. It is possible for the family to view the body following the retrieval should they wish.
"I was impressed with the way it was all handled and the post op follow up visit."
"Interesting, professional and not difficult to co-operate."
"My memory is bad, it was good to get a reminder for the follow up blood test (where, when & no cost to the donor)."
"Everyone was very considerate."
"Excellent service, so happy to be able to help."
"Everyone I had contact with was very professional and I had no negative experiences from it."
"Very happy, given all the information that I needed."
"Everything was perfect, I felt great to think I was helping someone else. Keep up the great work!"