Is cadaver bone used in surgery very often, when is it necessary and what is its success rate?
 Ian Skinner
Ian Skinner
Orthopaedic surgeon
Palmyra
Yes, donor bone is used frequently. It is a very successful method of obtaining bone healing and replacement in difficult situations.
Bone graft from another person is known as allograft. This bone can come from cadaver or live donors. The source of live donor bone is the head of the hip which is taken away during a hip replacement. Cadaver bone comes from people who donate their body for this purpose. Cadaver donors frequently donate soft organs such as heart liver lung cornea as well as bone. All bone is thoroughly tested for infection sources before it is cleared for use. Many 'bone banks' also irradiate the bone as another level to ensure it is sterile. Allograft bone is used frequently in orthopaedic surgery. Examples of allograft use include replacing lost bone in revision hip surgery, tumour surgery, spine fusion surgery. in fact, anywhere bone is required in anything other than a small amount which can be obtained from the patient.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Justin Webb
Dr. Justin Webb
Orthopaedic surgeon
North Adelaide
Donated bone is often needed in orthopaedic surgery. Whilst your own bone is best, there is a limited amount that can be harvested, and in some situations using donated bone is more appropriate.
As answered previously, a lot of bone in Australia is donated from hip replacements, where the head of the femur (thigh bone)is removed. Some bone is also sourced from Cadaver donation along with soft tissue grafts, such as tendons needed in revision or complex ligament reconstructions.
Biologic bone is always better than substitute bone grafts and has excellent results in restoring bone that has been lost during fractures, revision joint replacements and complex knee reconstructions.

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