Your surgeon may have talked to you about the use of an tissue grafts in your procedure. An allograft is a human tissue graft transplanted from one individual to another, usually for reconstructive surgery. As the most common type of transplant, allograft tissue grafts have helped many people lead healthier, more active lives and have even saved lives in the case of heart tissue or skin tissue graft transplants.
However, not all allograft tissue grafts are alike because not all tissue providers are alike. LifeNet Health is a non-profit global leader in regenerative medicine. We have pioneered many of the methods by which tissue is safely obtained and prepared for surgery. We meet or exceed disease testing requirements set forth by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Our Allowash XG® technology renders tissue grafts sterile. With the highest standards in the industry, you get added assurance that your tissue grafts transplant result in safe and healthy outcomes.
This information provides an overview of what to consider when getting tissue graft transplant and why you can trust allografts from LifeNet Health. Should you have any additional questions, ask your physician, or feel free to call LifeNet Health at 1-888-847-7831.
Since our formation in 1982, LifeNet Health has pioneered technologies designed to ensure safety in allograft screening, recovery, cleaning, and delivery. Our innovative processes have been benchmarks for the industry. Today we are the largest non-profit, full-service organ and tissue grafts provider in the United States and a global leader in regenerative medicine. LifeNet Health is governed by an unsurpassed code of ethics. We are driven by a mission to save as many lives as possible and to provide people with better health and vitality. And we are forever in debt to the hundreds of donors who have made this mission possible. If you would like to learn more about LifeNet Health or allograft procedures, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-888-847-7831, or visit us online at www.LifeNetHealth.org.
Allografts, or donor tissue, are frequently preferred over autografts, a person's own tissue, for a variety of reasons. Allografts (human tissue) can help patients regain mobility, restore function, enjoy a better quality of life, and even save a life in the case of cardiovascular tissue or skin.
Generally, since no second surgical site is required (as there is when an autograft is utilized), healing time may be shorter and less painful. In addition, autografts are only available in limited amounts, from limited areas of the body. Allografts are more readily available.
Before a donation, specially trained professionals perform rigorous medical and behavioral risk screenings to ensure the eligibility of the potential donor, as per Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
All donor tissue is recovered in the United States in appropriate settings under strict aseptic conditions by dedicated and trained recovery personnel.
To ensure that the donated tissue poses the lowest possible health risk, a blood sample from the donor is tested for the following: * Blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis, and Syphilis * Procedures to ensure the absence of bacteria and fungi LifeNet Health meets and exceeds industry standards of disease testing. All testing is performed in government-certified (or equivalent) laboratories.
The quality control measures continue with LifeNet Health's patented allograft tissue processing. LifeNet Health's processing steps make the risk of disease transmission extremely remote. Musculoskeletal (bone and tendon) tissue is prepared in special controlled (cleanroom) processing suites and undergoes LifeNet Health's Allowash XG®
cleansing process. With Allowash XG® Technology, chemical (virucidal and bactericidal) agents penetrate allograft tissue and help to significantly reduce the potential transmission of disease. Compared to some other processing methods for musculoskeletal tissue, Allowash XG® results in dramatically cleaner allograft tissue. For cardiovascular tissue, an antibiotic disinfection regimen is employed to ensure that the possibility of bacterial transmission from allograft heart valves and cardiac tissue is extremely remote. Also, the tissue is carefully cryopreserved (frozen at a controlled rate) in an effort to preserve the original structural and biological integrity of the graft.
Tissue is released for distribution only after all final quality assurance checks have been met. LifeNet Health's Quality Assurance laboratory performs all required aerobic and anaerobic cultures and any applicable additional testing. Finally, all donor records are reviewed by LifeNet Health's Medical Director to determine eligibility for transplantation. Since the introduction of Allowash® in 1995, there has been no incident of disease transmission directly linked to tissue screened and processed by LifeNet Health. LifeNet Health standards are not indicative of those employed by other tissue banks and it should not be assumed that all banks are comparable. Since its establishment in 1982, LifeNet Health has developed a stringent quality control process. By setting exceptionally high standards, LifeNet Health provides leadership in the field of tissue recovery and processing.
Allografts have several advantages overautografts, which are grafts taken from yourown tissue. Autografts require that you undergosurgery elsewhere on your body to obtain thetissue, which can cause additional pain, scarring, and longer healing times. However, because allografts are human tissue taken from a deceased donor, it’s important to consider where the tissue is coming from, what testing it undergoes, how it is processed, and what other measures are taken to assure your safety. As you’ll see, LifeNet Health takes extraordinary steps to provide you and your surgeon with safe, healthy tissue.
LifeNet Health donations come from federally designated and regulated organ donation organizations and approved tissue recovery partners. We only work with qualified, accredited agencies that meet our strict standards for quality, and safety. In addition, we conduct regular inspections to ensure that our tissue recovery process meets current FDA regulations and AATB standards. You can be fully confident your allograft comes from a trusted source.
No one has higher standards for allograft safety than LifeNet Health. We begin with thorough donor screening, an essential step in preventing disease transmission. At LifeNet Health, this includes evaluating the donor’s medical and behavioral history. Blood tests are used to rule out diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis, and the presence of any bacteria. Once the donor is approved, LifeNet Health applies special methods to clean or sterilize the tissue. These technologies have been designed to effectively remove all viruses and bacteria. In fact, our sterilizing technology is one of the best methods out there. Although current regulations do not require tissue banks to use processing methods that guarantee tissue sterility, LifeNet Health has adopted stringent guidelines set forth by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) for invasive and surgically implanted medical devices. That means you are receiving the cleanest and healthiest tissue possible for your procedure.
LifeNet Health has an unmatched safety record in providing allografts. Since the introduction of our patented bio-implant sterilization technology Allowash® in 1995, we have distributed more than 2 million allografts with no incidence of disease transmission from tissue screened and processed by LifeNet Health. Our record is your assurance of utmost safety.
Not only does LifeNet Health use the most advanced process for ensuring safety, we also use the industry’s most advanced facilities and engineering to assure the highest quality allografts. All of our processing environments comply with FDA, state and federal requirements. All of our allograft tissue undergoes extensive engineering to ensure maximum performance that meets the demands of today’s active lifestyles.
LifeNet Health’s commitment to safety, quality, and patient outcomes is evident in everything we do, including our ongoing research and development efforts. LifeNet Health’s 52 patents include Allowash XG® sterilization technology, the industry standard in tissue processing, and other innovations that promote natural healing and improve mobility and function. You can count on us to continue working on new ways to enhance your care.
From screening to cleaning, all procedures are performed by trained LifeNet Health technicians. We strictly adhere to AATB and federal guidelines and our own high standards. Every step is documented and all records are evaluated to make sure every requirement is met and the tissue you receive is the finest it can be. Throughout our process, LifeNet Health leaves no room for error. However, LifeNet Health safety standards are not necessarily the same as those used by other tissue banks, and you should not assume that all tissue banks are alike. You may want to ask your physician if he or she plans to use a LifeNet Health allograft for your procedure. For more information, including additional information about LifeNet Health’s Quality Control and Safety measures, please visit our website, www.LifeNetHealth.org.
Every aspect of the LifeNet Health process honors the dignity and generosity of donors and their families. Their gifts have enabled many people to enjoy fuller, richer lives. Yet most donor families never hear about what their donations have meant to the patients who receive them. Here’s where you can make a difference. As an allograft tissue recipient, you may express your gratitude in an anonymous letter to the donor’s family. LifeNet Health will gladly facilitate the delivery of the letter. You can tell the donor family about yourself, share with them the progress you’ve made, and describe how your allograft has enhanced your everyday life. You can also share your success story with the public through LifeNet Health. Simply contact LifeNet Health Donor Family Services for more information at 1-888-847-7831, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more on our transplant recipient website by visiting www.Thanks2You.org.