The Organ Donor Foundation also facilitates the donation of bone tissue, with bone tissue transplants being the second most common transplant behind blood transfusions. A Bone Allograft is the donation of a bone graft by one person for transplant into another. The bone graft consists of musculo-skeletal bone, tendons and cartilage taken from the arms and legs of the donor. Since no tissue compatibility is necessary, virtually anyone can donate or receive bone tissue.
A bone transplant may be performed on patients who have suffered bone loss due to trauma or injury, joint replacement or arthritis, or a tumor patient facing possible amputation, in which case the allograft bone may help. Allograft bone can also be used in a spinal fusion to support the patient’s own bone.
A bone tissue donor can be anyone between the age of 16 and 80, although in some rare cases bone tissue may be unsuitable for transplantation. If one wishes to donate bone tissue, they should discuss it with family members so that necessary measures can be taken when the time comes.