Tissue Bank Manitoba

Information about tissue donation

Tissue Donation

For every person or family who decides to share life through tissue donation, as many as 100 people can be helped, and eleven lives can be saved. There are less medical restrictions associated with tissue donation. As a result, people who do not qualify as organ donors due to medical conditions can still be tissue donors.

Many donor families say they are comforted by respecting their loved one's wishes to save or improve the quality of the lives of others.

Thousands of Canadians receive tissue transplants each year: corneas to restore vision, heart valves to replace an infant's defective valves, bone grafts to save a limb that might otherwise be amputated, and skin for severely burned patients are a few examples.

Did You Know?

Bone is the most common tissue transplanted in Manitoba.

2017 deceased donor statistics

124* Manitobans donated organs &/or tissues in 2017 to help save or enhance the quality of people’s lives:

  • Tissue Donors: 31
  • Eye Donors: 101
  • Organ Donors: 20

*Some Manitobans donated a combination or organs, tissues and eyes

Allografts transplanted in Manitoba in 2017

Allografts are donated human tissue which have been processed and prepared for transplant. Tissue Bank Manitoba distributed 1365 allografts to Manitoba surgeons for transplant:

  • 1,201 Bone allografts
  • 84 Tendon allografts
  • 59 Skin (split thickness) allografts
  • 11 Costal cartilage allografts
  • 8 Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) allografts
  • 2 Nerve allografts

These allografts were used in a variety of surgeries including spinal, orthopedic, neuro, sports medicine, plastics, and ENT surgeries.

Allografts distributed around the world

Through the gift of tissue donation, Manitobans have also helped people in 44 countries.

Over the last 5 years, most allografts from Manitoba donors have been distributed within Canada, the United Kingdom, and Mexico.

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