Patients

What is an allograft?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

Testimonial

“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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