The Femoral Head Donation Program facilitates tissue donation by enabling patients, having routine hip replacement surgery, to donate their bone. The piece of bone removed during surgery (the femoral head) would normally be discarded, but by donating the femoral head, it can be made into bone grafts, which help many patients with various types of orthopaedic and spinal surgeries. Donated tissues undergo processing to clean and shape the tissue into finished grafts. Processing is performed by a private, TGA licensed facility. The finished grafts may be supplied within or outside Australia.
Donors need to be aged between 15 and 90 years, therefore, practically anyone is eligible. By donating your bone, you are improving the quality of life of many recipients. Bone is the second most commonly transplanted tissue in the world, after blood. Bone that is generously donated is crafted into life changing “allograft” material, which is supplied to patients, undergoing the following types of treatment:
- Surgery for bone cancers in children and adults
- Neuro-spinal surgeries
- Treatment of non-healing fractures
- Joint replacement and other orthopaedic surgeries
- Patients with major bone loss
- Spinal and sports injuries
During the surgical procedure, blood will be taken for routine screening tests. This is similar to when you donate blood. All details provided to us remain 100% confidential. If you have travelled to or spent 6 months or more in a known malaria endemic region, you may be required to undergo further blood tests.
This is a community service, there is no change to your surgery and there are no additional costs to you or the hospital.
The decision to become a bone donor or any type of donor is a personal one and you should inform your surgeon of your wishes to donate your femoral head.
You will need to complete and sign the consent form contained in the link below. A staff member from Australian Tissue Donation Network will contact you to complete a confidential medical and social history questionnaire. They will also provide you with any other information you may require. Completing this information will allow us to arrange for your bone to be collected and stored.