IRRADIATED ALLOGENIC CANCELLOUS BONE & MARROW
What is a bone allograft?
One of the treatment options available to your attending
surgeon is the use of a tissue transplant called allograft. Allografts are
specially processed human tissues donated for the express purpose of being
transplanted to benefit the health of another person.
What are the benefits of using a bone allograft?
Allografts are used to replace or repair tissues lost to
disease, trauma, or congenital defects. The use of an allograft eliminates
the need for a second surgery site to recover an autograft, a graft taken
from the recipient himself. This reduces the potential for complications
arising from the additional surgery which includes increased blood loss,
increased pain, and a longer recovery time. In many cases, only an allograft
will provide sufficient human tissue to allow for the successful surgical
treatment of the existing medical condition.
What are the risks with a bone allograft?
The Rocky Mountain Tissue Bank makes every effort to
ensure that each allograft is as safe and risk-free as possible. Extensive
medical screening of all donated tissues is done. All medical testing
recommended by the FDA and the American Association of Tissue Banks are
performed on each graft. All test results must be "negative" before the
tissues are released for transplant. There has never been a reported
case of infectious disease transmission from an allograft which was
processed using the procedure followed by the Rocky Mountain Tissue Bank.
Who provides allograft tissue?
The Rocky Mountain Tissue Bank, a Colorado non-profit
corporation, is available to your surgeon to provide allografts. It is
accredited by the "AATB" (American Association of Tissue Banks) to
give you the greatest assurance of allograft quality and safety and meets
all current FDA and AATB requirements.
What does accreditation by the "AATB" (American
Association of Tissue Banks) mean?
This ensures that the operation of the bank conforms to
the standards established by the "AATB" (American Association of Tissue
Banks) for the retrieval, processing, storage, and distribution of all
How is accreditation
of the application form, banks undergo a strenuous on-site inspection of
their facilities and operations by a team of inspectors designated by AATB's
accreditation committee. Inspectors monitor banks for compliance with all
aspects of the association's standards and procedures such as record
keeping, quality control, donor selection criteria, patient history and
safety. These inspections are repeated periodically to ensure the continued
compliance with standards.
What is the effectiveness of Irradiated Allogenic Cancellous Bone and
It is reported to
Rocky Mountain Tissue Bank by clinicians using our allograft material on
their patients that they are producing faster, more predictable results as
indicated by the following statements:
Hilt Tatum Jr., DDS
developed the sinus graft
procedure and has a many years experience using dental implants. He
has utilized Irradiated Allogenic Cancellous Bone and Marrow furnished by
the research efforts of Dr. Hiatt since 1974. He reports the following:
"Bone grafting procedures to create adequate sites to
receive implants have been routine in my practice for twenty-three years.
Over 2,700 grafts, including 1,700 sinus augmentations, have been done. The
entire range of graft materials has been utilized and evaluated for its
effectiveness. Clinical evaluation and histologic studies have shown that
Irradiated Allogenic Cancellous Bone and Marrow gives results closest to
those obtained with autogenous bone than any other available material. This
relates to the speed and quality of the new bone formation."
Manuel Chanavaz, MD, DDS,
Professor, Department of
Implantology, Lille University, France, in his recent published study for
the Journal of Oral Implantology reports:
"An analysis of different graft material used in 665
sinus grafts over a 15 year period revealed no major complications or
failures with Irradiated Allogenic Cancellous Bone and Marrow and its clear
superiority to demineralized bone."