Use of Allografts in Orthopaedic Surgery: Safety, Procurement, Storage, and Outcomes

Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Dec 30;7(12):2325967119891435. doi: 10.1177/2325967119891435. eCollection 2019 Dec.


The use of allografts has become a vital option for orthopaedic surgeons in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal lesions, ranging from osteochondral defects in the glenohumeral joint to meniscal deficiency in the young athlete. Nevertheless, barriers to treating a patient with an allograft-based procedure may arise from concerns over disease transmission, the navigation of tissue banks that supply allografts, the process of obtaining insurance approval, or optimal storage methods. This review serves to support orthopaedic surgeons in the incorporation of allografts into their practice by quelling these potential concerns. Fresh osteochondral allografts, fresh-frozen meniscal allografts, soft tissue allografts, and off-the-shelf cartilage products are the focus of this review amid broad overviews of allograft safety and tissue bank practices in the United States.

Keywords: allografts; articular cartilage; general; knee; shoulder; tissue banks.

Publication types

  • Review