DCIDS Tissue Bank is a not-for-profit tissue bank accredited by AATB and registered with FDA. We are committed to serving our community by returning the gift of donor tissue, processed with the highest quality and safety standards, back to the communities we serve.
DCIDS Tissue Bank provides allograft implants for a broad spectrum of surgical specialties which include spine, orthopedics, joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma, oral reconstruction, and plastic surgery. The allograft configurations include conventional, precision machined, milled, frozen and freeze dried forms processed aseptically or terminally sterilized by gamma irradiation.
Tennessee Donor Services is fully accredited by AATB (American Association of Tissue Banks) to recover tissue in all hospitals in our service area. We adhere to strict FDA and AATB guidelines to insure optimal safety to the transplant recipient.
Tissues that can be donated are:
Donated corneas help restore sight to individuals suffering from corneal blindness or trauma to the eye.
Bones and tendons can be used to replace or reconstruct tissue destroyed by tumors, trauma or infection. They are also used in many sports and dental related surgeries such as ACL repairs, dental implants and knee or hip replacements.
Every year 35,000 children are born with a congenital heart defect and are in need of some type of reconstructive surgery. When used in young patients, donated heart valves can actually “grow” with the recipient and reduce the need for repeated surgeries.
Donated veins and arteries can be used in patients who require coronary artery bypass surgery, a routine procedure that saves thousands of lives and allows these individuals to return to their normal lifestyles. For individuals suffering from diabetes or other diseases that cause a decrease in the blood flow, surgeons may use donated veins to repair damaged vessels and restore blood flow — in many cases saving a recipient’s leg from amputation.
Donated skin is critically needed for patients suffering from burns or trauma. Other important uses include breast reconstruction and hernia repair.
Tennessee Donor Services provides consultation services to hospitals for the purpose of determining the potential for lifesaving organ donation. When this possibility exists, our staff provides counseling to families regarding the donation decision, whether the individual has chosen to be a designated donor, or the decision is left to the family to make on the individual’s behalf. Upon receiving authorization for donation, our staff coordinates the evaluation, allocation and recovery of the organs given for transplantation. This process all takes place with the utmost respect and concern for the gift, the family, the donor and those who will receive the lifesaving gift.
In the fight against blindness and visual impairment, Tennessee Donor Services recovers, evaluates, processes and distributes donor eye tissue for sight-saving cornea transplants, reconstructive eye surgeries, and research into cures for other eye diseases. Those diseases include: cataracts, glaucoma and diseases of the retina.