Allografts are tissues that are taken from one person and transplanted into another. Treatment incorporating allograft tissue can help reduce pain, restore mobility and may allow patients to regain the normal functions of daily living that were compromised as a result of injury or disease.
Allograft therapy has a long clinical history, with bone transplants between humans dating back to the 1880’s. The first corneal transplant was performed by a Russian surgeon in 1931 and the first allograft skin used for burn surgery was described in 1938 to treat children with extensive burn wounds.
Surgeons today rely on allografts for these and many other treatment alternatives when the surgical goals are to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for patients and to help them resume their normal lives as quickly as possible.