Tissue transplantation is a term that covers a wide variety of surgeries. Transplant tissues include bone, tendons, cartilage, connective tissue, skin, corneas, sclera, heart valves, and vessels. Next to blood transfusion, tissue transplantation is the most common allograft transplant, meaning a transplant of tissue from one person to another.
More than 1.5 million tissue transplants are performed in the United States each year. The Transplant Services Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center supplies approximately 8,500 transplantable allografts each year.
The Impact of Tissue Donation
Just a few of the ways tissue transplants can help patients are:
- Arteries, veins, and femoral vessels may be given to patients with compromised blood circulation.
- Bone and ligament tissue may be transplanted to people with bone or spinal injuries, restoring function and preventing amputation.
- Corneas may be given to patients to prevent blindness or restore sight and are a highly successful form of transplantation.
- Heart valves may be transplanted to people with heart defects or disease.
- Skin transplants may be given to people who have been severely burned or who have major skin loss from injury or disease.
UT Southwestern physicians perform thousands of successful tissue transplants each year, and our Transplant Services Center provides services to hospitals and physicians worldwide. We specialize in all areas of care, from donation to transplantation, with a full-service tissue bank that procures, processes, stores, and distributes tissue allografts.
UT Southwestern's clinical trials program gives patients access to treatments often unavailable at other health care facilities. Depending on the specific condition, UT Southwestern can offer patients therapies that show particular promise years before the therapies are offered to the public.
Our experience in conducting some of the most advanced research into tissue transplants enables UT Southwestern to provide patients with the best possible medical treatments – all in a caring and compassionate environment.