Jacksonville Transplant Alliance


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Donations of membrane tissues include skin (dermis), pericardium and fascia lata. Donated skin can be used as a life-saving covering for severely burned patients, providing a natural barrier to infection. Membrane tissues can also be used in open heart and urological surgeries, abdominal wall repair and post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Membrane tissues are typically recovered from the back, the lining around the muscles and the heart.

Glaucoma repair
Dental procedures
Periodontal ridge augmentation
Soft tissue repair augmentation
Used as tendon to repair injury
Breast reconstruction following mastectomy
Hernia or other complex abdominal wall repair cases
Urological procedures, such as urinary slings for incontinence
Pelvic floor reconstruction

Donations of connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage can be used to rebuild joints and restore cartilage surfaces. Patients injured in sporting activities, by trauma or through arthritis or other diseases can benefit from restored mobility and can regain independence in daily activities.

Connective tissues are typically recovered from the joints in the leg and arm.

Joint reconstruction in the knee, ankle, hip
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Cruciate Ligament (LCL) reconstruction
Ligamentous repair of the hand and foot
Elbow ligament repair
Cartilage restoration
Meniscal repair

Tissue donation is life enhancing, and in some cases, life saving. One person’s gift can be a miracle for many.

Donated tissue can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives. Tissue includes bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins used in surgeries and medical research. Most tissues are donated after death by people who previously committed to donation. Unlike organs, tissues can be donated up to 24 hours after a person’s heart has stopped beating.

Donations of bone tissue can be used to repair bone defects or fractures caused by severe trauma, cancer or other diseases. Bone tissue can be widely used to restore mobility, reconstruct limbs and rebuild jaws in dental procedures.

Bone tissues that are typically recovered during donation include the long bones from the arms and legs, as well as the hip bones.

Cervical and lumbar spinal fusion
Orthopedic surgery
Periprosthetic fracture
Segmental bone loss treatment
Ankle fusion
Mid-foot fusion
High tibial osteotomy (HTO)
Demineralized bone matrix used as bone void fillers
Dental/oral maxillofacial procedures





Cardiovascular tissues include heart valves, veins and arteries. The transplantation of heart valves can be a life-saving procedure for patients suffering from inherited heart defects or heart damage due to infection. The aortic and pulmonic valves are removed from the donated heart and then specially preserved until a matching recipient is identified. Donated heart valves are able to be preserved for months or even years.

Veins and arteries are used in heart bypass surgery to reestablish blood circulation in patients with coronary artery disease, and donated veins can help avoid amputation.

Replacement for damaged heart valves
Aortic patch grafts
Coronary and peripheral revascularization