While most tissue is donated after death, it is possible to accept skin and bone donations from living patients, known as a living donation.
Did you know that as a hip replacement patient you can donate your femoral head – the bone removed during your surgery – to help others? Now you do!
The femoral head is the ball part of the hip joint that’s removed and replaced with a prosthesis during hip replacement surgery.
This relatively small piece of bone – normally discarded by the hospital – can be used to treat bone cancer, repair bone defects during surgery or be turned into bone products. By donating it, you can make a world of difference in the life of someone. else.
If you are scheduled to undergo abdominoplasty surgery (commonly known as a tummy tuck) or mammoplasty surgery (also known as breast reduction surgery), you can donate the skin removed during your operation.
Donated skin is used as biological bandages for severe burn wounds and can save a life!
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Who can be a donor?
Anyone between the ages of 16 and 80 years, who does not have cancer or an infectious disease such as hepatitis, syphilis, or HIV/AIDS, is a potential donor.
Does donation affect the way my operation is done?
Not at all! Your surgery will be done in the same way, so there are no additional risks involved.
Will donation cost me anything?
No. There are no costs involved for you, the donor, your medical aid, or your family.
Can I change my mind about donating?
Yes. You may change your mind at any time right up to when your surgery takes place. Simply tell your surgeon that you no longer want to donate and let us know.