Donors’ frequently asked questions 

When is a femoral head donation possible?

During hip arthroplasty, the patient’s femoral head is removed. In the event of a tissue donation, it is processed in a sterile environment in accordance with strict quality guidelines before it is used for the treatment of bone diseases.

At the hospital you can complete a medical history form and donor consent. In order to exclude any potential risk for the recipient, comprehensive blood tests will then be performed. Please contact your attending physician for further information.

C+TBA has obtained contracts with many hospitals in Austria and Germany for the donation of tissues. Additionally, many trauma and/or orthopedic departments operate a local tissue bank or provide other tissue banks with donor tissue. Please contact us if you would like to know whether your hospital is a donor center.

Yes. In general, every femoral head can be donated and used to cure a variety of bone diseases. In order to ensure the safety of the recipient, strict criteria are applied to the use of this donor tissue. Your attending physician will make the final decision.

During hip arthroplasty, your femoral head will be removed, regardless of a planned donation. Thus, nothing changes for you personally. The only difference is that additional blood tests are performed, the results of which might also be important for your personal health. Moreover, your donation helps patients with bone disease.

Your blood is tested for various diseases (e. g. hepatitis, HTLV, lues, and HIV) in order to minimize the risk of disease transmission for the recipient.

After the femoral head has been removed, it is cooled, sent to C+TBA under temperature controlled conditions, released for processing, cleaned, and then processed in a sterile environment. Finally, it is freeze-dried and sterilized. It can then be transplanted into the patient.

Donor tissue is used for surgical procedures in the treatment of bone defects. Missing bone substance can be replaced and bone voids filled, after removal of cysts or tumors. Major fields of application include orthopedic (spine, hip and knee) and trauma surgery (following fractures), as well as dental medicine (build up of jaw bone).