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Surgical Restoration Extends the Life of Cadaver Tissue

While the concept of organ transplant and organ donation is familiar to most people, a more common surgical transplant involves donated human tissue. Each year in the U.S., tissues — such as skin, bone, tendon and corneas — are removed from about 30,000 cadavers. There are an estimated 1 million tissue transplants each year, according to a 2007 industry report.

Published Jan. 23, 2014

Sources: Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, RTI Surgical Inc., U.S. Food and Drug Administration, LifeCell Products, National Center for Biotechnology Information

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