How safe are soft-tissue allografts?

By C. Thomas Vangsness Jr., MD

New methods of sterilization have been introduced, but questions remain about the actual risk of infection and disease transmission

The use of allograft tissues is increasingly popular in the United States, with widespread use among orthopaedic surgeons—particularly in knee surgery. In 2005, more than 60,000 allografts were used in knee surgeries by members of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

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