What is an allograft?


An allograft is a tissue graft from a donor of the same species as the recipient, but genetically unrelated to the recipient.  The transplanted bone or soft tissue allografts are used in surgical reconstruction procedures.  Over 1,000,000 allografts are transplanted each year.

Why are allografts used?


Because of inadequate amounts of autografts (a person’s own bone or tissue) and the limited size and shape of a person’s own bone, allografts are commonly used. Using an allograft is advantageous because there is no need for a second operative site to recover an autograft which will eliminate donor-site morbidity (complications which may occur at the second operative site, such as: infection, pain, and loss of function), minimize surgical time, reduce postoperative discomfort, and promote faster healing.

Where do allografts come from?


Each person has a choice as to whether or not to donate their organs and/or tissues. These donors are otherwise healthy individuals who experienced a sudden illness or accident which ultimately led to death.

How safe are allografts?


Preparing tissue for transplant begins with the removal of debris and organic matter.  The tissue is then exposed to a validated process to prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses.  Processing and packaging are performed using aseptic technique in environmentally monitored clean rooms to maintain biological integrity.  Low-dose gamma radiation is used to terminally sterilize the tissues.  The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have regulated this field very closely since 1993 to ensure allograft safety.  Over 1,000,000 allografts are implanted each year with a remarkable record of safety.
  • Patient Success Story with the Schulman Pin

    “I had been struggling with a bunion for years and years! I was at the end of my rope as I couldn’t even walk any longer!  I went to two other doctors before my husband was able to find Dr. Daniel Shulman through other doctors he had used in the past and even though we were skeptical at first since the last two doctors had basically told me there really wasn’t much they can do and one doctor even said, just go home and get off your feet! Right! I am extremely active, a cyclist and also a golfer. This was not an option.

    From the first time I met Dr. Shulman I was extremely impressed, not only by the time he spent with me, going over the options he felt were available to help me, but also his absolute concern for my well being and the fact that it was clear he wanted to help me and would do whatever it took to make that happen. I agreed to surgery as it was my real only option and I had my bunionectomy surgery at the end of April. Dr. Shulman told me his goal was to have me in tennis shoes by week 8 and he thought I should be able to get back on my bike and back to activity within 10 weeks!

    I can truthfully say, he was not kidding.  Not only did that happen, but it happened even sooner and I rode 10 miles by week 9. To say I was thrilled by the way things turned out is an understatement!

    I have since recommended Dr. Shulman to yet another friend who recently had surgery as well. I actually ran into her at PT as we go to the same PT doctor and she seemed to be just as pleased.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Shulman to anyone.

    He has perfected a technique whereby I do not have any metal in my foot and I can tell you, I am absolutely certain this is the reason for my quick recovery.  I can’t thank him enough, he is terrific and very in-tuned to his patients.  Whenever I had a question or concern he was right on it!

    Don’t put off this type of surgery if you need it, and Dr. Shulman is your man!”

    – Terri C.

Read more about one of our exciting new products, the Schulman Cortical Bone Pin.


“Everything went great… Lattice’s allografts worked really well and I liked using them. I also think they were more pliable than Alloderm.”

- Plastic Surgeon (Lattice Biologics client)

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of Lattice Biologics to honor the gift of tissue donation by adhering to the highest standards in safety, service, and quality. Our commitment is to make patients lives better by setting the industry standards on processing and innovation while supporting the needs of healthcare providers.

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