corneal transplants, blood vessels and heart valves, amniotic tissue and musculoskeletal tissue
Doctors have been transplanting tissues for over 100 years. Most of these come from deceased donors. The cornea – the clear window to the world – is the tissue that is donated the most. Since tissues, unlike organs, are not supplied with blood, tissue can still be removed several days after cardiovascular arrest – in the case of cornea up to 72 hours after cardiac arrest. Similar to organs, however, tissues, especially heart valves and blood vessels, have a very high need for donations.
DGFG creates structures for successful tissue donation
Today, tissue transplants open up undreamt-of treatment possibilities for doctors. Planning security and reliability are absolutely necessary though. The DGFG creates the appropriate structures in which doctors can concentrate on their patients. Our employees prepare high-quality and safe transplants.
The DGFG coordinates the majority of corneal donation in Germany. But the donation of heart valves, blood vessels and bones is also urgently needed to help patients. We provide about half of the corneal transplants in Germany and cover a large part of the amniotic supply.
The cooperation in the tissue network is diverse and individual. We cooperate with our partners in tissue donation, tissue processing in tissue banks and for the allocation of tissue for transplantation. New partners are very welcome. We would be pleased if you get in touch!
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