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Organ and Tissue Donation - What's with the tissue?

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:32pm

More than 98,000 people nationwide are currently waiting for organ/tissue donations (source: UNOS ). Though the phrase "organ & tissue donation" is now standard, we still often receive questions as to what exactly "tissue donation" consists of. Donate Life Tennessee has an explanation on their site that helps shed light on just how beneficial tissue donation can be to those in need. As explained here , tissue donation hardly affects the body of a donor, yet the impact for recipients can be tremendous.

Here are some of the benefits of tissue donation as listed by Donate Life TN:

* Skin grafts for burn victims

* Reconstruction of shattered limbs to prevent amputation

* Fusing of spinal defects to reduce pain

* Replacement of benign cystic bone defects to improve mobility

* Replacement of cancerous bone tumors to prevent amputation

* Straighten and strengthen backs distorted by scoliosis

* Replacement of hip bones to restore mobility

* Dental and reconstruction surgery to restore normal facial appearance

* Prevention of blindness

* Restoration of sight

* Coronary by-pass surgery through use of saphenous veins

* Restoration of blood flow through use of saphenous veins

* Replacement of defective heart valves

* Repair damaged cartilage and tendons for improved mobility

* Creation of shunts for dialysis access through use of femoral arteries


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