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The Joint Restoration Foundation (JRF), a non-profit organization involved in the research, design, processing, quality assurance, clinical outcome, and distribution of tissues, is the world's largest provider of fresh tissue for transplantation and among the largest providers of fresh-frozen and sterile soft tissue grafts.

The JRF acknowledges all donors and donor families who have given the most generous gift anyone can to save and improve the quality of life for others. The JRF also recognizes the tissue banks, organ procurement agencies, medical examiners, coroners, and funeral directors that make this life saving and life enhancing treatment possible for thousands of patients.

Each year millions of Americans suffer ligament and cartilage injuries to their joints. Surgical treatment to repair and replace damaged tissues may be needed. Currently, no synthetic or artificial treatment option is available that can match the success of autograft (tissue from the patient) or allograft (tissue from a donor) alternatives for repair of these injuries.

Maximizing allograft safety while providing quality allografts for joint restoration is the primary mission at the JRF. All tissue distributed through the JRF is processed by accredited American Association of Tissue Banks processors, a leading authority on tissue quality and safety, and meet or exceed all requirements and recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration, the government regulatory body that oversees tissue practices.

Below is a brief description of a few of the grafts the JRF distributes.

Osteochondral allografts

Generally, an orthopedic surgeon will perform surgery for arthritis when conservative therapy has failed. One treatment option is surgery using an allograft, that has living cells present, to replace the arthritic area of the joint. The surgery involves fashioning a replacement section from the allograft to replace the defective portion of the patient's knee. This procedure is called osteochondral resurfacing or replacement of the joint. The procedure has been performed for over 20 years with 85% survivorship reported at an average follow-up of 10 years.1

osteochondral allograft
Picture of an osteochondral allograft,
with living cells, used for resurfacing a joint.

Meniscal Allografts

The meniscus is a c-shaped pad, which provides protection to the knee. Until recently there was few treatment options in the event a meniscus were damaged and generally involved the complete removal of the meniscus (a procedure called a meniscectomy). If enough of the meniscus is damaged and removed, the surgeon and patient may choose to have a meniscal allograft replacement (also called meniscal allograft transplant or reconstruction) procedure performed. The procedure involves the surgeon removing the remaining portion of the patient's damaged meniscus, and preparing the patient's knee for the acceptance of a presized meniscus allograft to replace the damaged native meniscus. Recently results show a 70% success rate at 10 years for the procedure.2

Meniscal Allograft Transplant
Meniscal Allograft Transplant-This is used to replace
a missing meniscus in certain cases where the meniscus
has been damaged or removed.

Tendon Allografts

One common injury to joints is damage to ligaments. Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect bone-to-bone providing stability to the joint. When a ligament is damaged, the surgeon will often replace the ligament with an autograft or allograft tendon. The ligament reconstruction surgery involves removal of the damaged ligament and preparing the joint for the allograft or autograft tendon by drilling tunnels in the joint to fixate the replacement tendon to the bone. Allograft tendons provide the advantage of shorter surgery time, less postoperative pain, and an ideal sized graft replacement. One long-term clinical study show clinical outcomes for both allograft and autograft ligament surgery to be similar at 5 years.3

allograft tendon
Picture of an allograft tendon commonly used in ligament reconstruction surgery

1. Aubin P, Cheah H, Davis A, Gross A. Long-term follow up of fresh femoral osteochondral allografts for posttraumatic knee defects. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2001;391supp:s318-27

2. Verdonk P, Demurie, A, Almqvist K, Veys E, Verbruggen G, Verdonk R. Transplantation of viable meniscal allograft survivorship analysis and clinical outcome of one hundred cases. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87:715-724

3. Poehling G, Curl W, Lee C, Ginn T, Rushing J, Naughton M, Holden M, Martin D, Smith B. Analysis of outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament repair with 5-Year follow-up: allograft versus autograft. Arthroscopy 2005;21:774-785


Phil Davidson M.D. Cartilage Restoration and Joint Resurfacing Specialist

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