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Why do people feel that it's ethical to use cadaver bone for things like bone grafts?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Consent is given

The only people who become donors for bone graft are the ones who checked off the box agreeing to be organ donors on their drivers license.
It's the same ethical concept as donating your heart or your kidneys. Multiple patients' lives are improved with prior consent, so there is no ethical problem. I am grateful to the people who donate their organs and bones after death.

In brief: Consent is given

The only people who become donors for bone graft are the ones who checked off the box agreeing to be organ donors on their drivers license.
It's the same ethical concept as donating your heart or your kidneys. Multiple patients' lives are improved with prior consent, so there is no ethical problem. I am grateful to the people who donate their organs and bones after death.
Dr. Ilya Iofin
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Dr. James Sunwoo
Also, keep in mind, the bone graft is replaced by your own bone over time. Bone is not a static organ of the body, it is constantly remodeling and replaced with fresh bone. The bone graft merely acts as a template until your own bone replaces it. Hope this helps those who are queasy about receiving someone else's tissue.
Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Informed consents

Allografts (from the same species) are safe and efficacious.
The advantage of using allografts or donor bone is the omission of a second surgical site, resulting in less morbidity for the patient. The literature is replete with high success rates and very low risks. Donors are given an informed consent.

In brief: Informed consents

Allografts (from the same species) are safe and efficacious.
The advantage of using allografts or donor bone is the omission of a second surgical site, resulting in less morbidity for the patient. The literature is replete with high success rates and very low risks. Donors are given an informed consent.
Dr. William Dapper
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

This is really a choice of the patient.

In brief: Depends

This is really a choice of the patient.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: Allograft

The bone (or even tendons, fascia, etc) implanted from a cadaveric source is donated to a musculoskeletal tissue bank via organ donation.
They are processed in such a way to prevent the passage of disease from donor to recipient. These tissues allow surgeons to safely replace damaged or missing tissue from injury or disease without having to harvest tissue from elsewhere on the patient.

In brief: Allograft

The bone (or even tendons, fascia, etc) implanted from a cadaveric source is donated to a musculoskeletal tissue bank via organ donation.
They are processed in such a way to prevent the passage of disease from donor to recipient. These tissues allow surgeons to safely replace damaged or missing tissue from injury or disease without having to harvest tissue from elsewhere on the patient.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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