What happens to the donation?
Corneal donation is a small surgical procedure and can be done within half an hour. It is organised in close consultation with the undertaker. The relatives do not incur any additional costs and there are no delays. After transport to a corneal bank, the corneas are evaluated, prepared and stored until transplantation. If desired by the relatives, the DGFG will provide them with anonymous information on the tissue recipient a few weeks after transplantation.
Tissue transplants improve the quality of life of many people. Corneal transplantation is the oldest, most common and also the most successful transplantation in the entire field of medicine. Around 7,000 times a year, doctors in Germany replace the diseased cornea with a human donor cornea. Transplant centres throughout Germany obtain corneas from the DGFG. Similar to organs, corneas, which belong to the tissues, are also in great need of donations. Even though the willingness to donate tissue has increased in recent years, patients still have to wait for a suitable tissue transplant.