Your surgeon has suggested using a SteriGraft
allograft in your upcoming surgery. We believe this
is an excellent decision. This web page explains the
advantages of a SteriGraft allograft for your
care and well-being. We wish you the best with your
If you are a candidate for surgery using bone allografts,
insist on SteriGraft for the utmost in quality
and patient safety. Print the brochure at the bottom
of this page and tell your healthcare provider this
is your preference. You DO have a choice in your own
An allograft is
transplantable tissue that comes from a human
donor. This tissue is processed and sterilized,
then used in grafting surgeries to repair damaged
bones or ligaments.
Conversely, an autograft is tissue which is harvested
from the patients own body and then transplanted
into the area needing repair. A surgery utilizing
an allograft is much faster and safer than using
an autograft from the patients own body.
Autograft surgery actually involves two procedures
harvesting a piece of your own tendon or
bone from one area then transplanting it into
another area. This means you will be under anesthesia
for a longer period of time, which is a greater
risk to you. Additionally, when autografting,
there are possible risks associated with the donor
site as well as the transplant site. The donor
site may result in weakness (because a small portion
of your tissue has been permanently removed),
infection, extended pain, and/or additional scarring.
Other grafting options include synthetic or metal
materials. The SteriGraft allografts offer
a superior alternative to these materials which
do not foster the growth of new bone the way actual
bone does. Transplanted human tissue facilitates
and promotes the tissue regeneration process.
Once transplanted, a bone allograft will gradually
break down, allowing your body to rebuild and
remodel it until it is completely incorporated
into your own tissue.
Due to limited donor availability, using an allograft
(donated tissue) instead of an autograft (your
own tissue) or synthetics is not always an option.
When it is, as your doctor has indicated, allografts
provide many advantages.
Safety is a Primary Focus with SteriGraft