Allograft Resources, a department of the UT Transplant Centera department of the UT Transplant CenterAllograft Resources

Which tissue can be donated and how is it used?

 

Skin

Families have several options when considering skin donation:

 

Dermatome graft

  • Dermatome graft is described as the recovery of the thin top dermis recovered from the donor's back and legs.
     
  • Thin grafts are implanted on adults and children suffering from severe burns, bed sores, diabetic ulcers and corrective surgical procedures
     
  • Skin implantation decreases pain significantly, provides a barrier against infection, regulates the body temperature, prevents body fluid loss and helps clean the wound.
     

Full Thickness Grafts

  • Full-Thickness grafts, also referred to as Free Hand Grafts, is described as the recovery of both the epidermis and dermis.
     
  • Implanted on adults and children suffering from severe burns, bed sores, diabetic ulcers and corrective surgical procedures
     
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction Post Mastectomy, ENT Head & Neck, Plastic Reconstruction
     
  • Skin implantation decreases pain significantly, provides a barrier against infection, regulates the body temperature, prevents body fluid loss and helps clean the wound.
     
  • Recovery can be limited to areas such as the donor's back, abdomen, and legs.
     
With both the Dermatome graft and Full-Thickness grafts, the donor's body is treated with the utmost respect at all times. After tissue recovery, the donor is appropriately prepared, allowing for an open casket funeral.
 
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Orthopedic

  • Meniscus / Humerus / Hemi-Pelvis / Femur / Tibia / Patellar Tendon / Tibialis Tendon / Quadriceps Tendon / Femoral Condoyle / Achilles Tendon all recovered with prosthetics replacements and surgical stitching, causing no disfigurement and allowing for open casket viewing
     
  • Implanted in adults and children for reconstruction related to trauma, tumors, degenerative diseases and fractures including total hip revisions, cervical spinal fusion, repairs of congenital and traumatic facial deformity, rotator cuff repair, replacement of Achilles' tendon and repair of bladder suspension.

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  • Aortic Valve / Pulmonary Valve / Mitral Valve / Non-valved Conduit / Pericardial Patch Material
     
  • Implanted in adults and children to replace damaged heart valves primarily due to congenital heart defects and infective endocarditis
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Peripheral Nerve

  • Peripheral nerves along the arms and legs when orthopedic and vascular tissues are recovered with no disfigurement allowing for open casket viewing
     
  • Implanted in adults and children due to injuries from collisions, motor vehicle accidents, gun wounds, fractures, dislocations, lacerations, or some other form of penetrating trauma including surgery resulting in major source of disability, impairing the ability to move muscles or to feel normal sensations.
     
  • Repairs and regenerate peripheral nerves, beginning with relief and restoring functionality to patients who suffer PNS injuries due to trauma or surgery.

illustration of inner leg areaVascular

  • Saphenous Vein / Femoral Vein / Artery / Superficial Femoral / Vein Valve / Aortoiliac Graft recovered from inner leg area with surgical stitching which causes no disfigurement allowing for open casket viewing
     
  • Implanted to adults and children to restore circulation in the heart and extremities as well as for use for dialysis access.