Approximately 450,00 Americans needed a tissue transplant in 2019.
Bones from the arms and the legs are used for various types of transplantation such as vertebral discs, grafts, bone reconstruction and dental work.
Tendons are most commonly used in sports related injuries such as ACL reconstruction. They are also used to attach bones and muscles and repair damaged joints.
Donated skin is used to treat burn victims and aid in breast reconstruction after mastectomies.
Over 100,000 skin grafts were performed in 2019.
Cardiac tissues are used for vein, artery and valve reconstruction.
The placenta can be used for treatment of non-healing wounds, burns, spinal procedures and some ocular and dental procedures.