An Interview with Senior Medical Director Ross Wilkins, MD  |  August 27, 2009

Ross Wilkins 001Today, we know how to use allografts to replace damaged structures within the human body. Accredited processing facilities such as AlloSource are able to provide safe allografts to surgeons and patients. Skilled surgeons can use allograft tissue or bone to replace almost any bodily structure — from the ligaments and tendons of our major league sports players to the musculoskeletal structures, skin, and spinal components of average citizens.

Tomorrow, we will know more about the growth biology of the human body. About regenerating bone and tissue and using donor stem cells to re-grow physical structures. We’ll have more of the information we need to achieve long-term success with groundbreaking procedures such as full limb transplantation.

Currently, physicians of different specialties are working together to solve some of the most difficult issues in limb reconstruction. Surgical teams from the Denver Center for Extremities at Risk and Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center have devised a method for live, full joint transplants. While the work is very promising, additional research is needed in order to block rejection of these living tissues.

As more of our communities learn about these remarkable discoveries and choose to pass along their precious gifts, AlloSource will be able to find new ways to maximize those gifts and surgical teams will be able to provide patients with restored function and movement we thought was impossible.

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