Find out about four main different types of transplants.
Transplant Animated Demonstration Video
Below is a video of a hand transplant animated procedure.
Hand Transplant Surgical Procedure Animation
Allotransplants are the transplants of cells, tissues and organs from a human to another human. They are not from a genetically identical donor (such as an identical twin). People can say that they want to donate after they have died, and are then checked for risk factors and medical conditions that would eliminate donation. Once they die, doctors undergo surgical conditions to remove needed tissues, organs and cells. Allotransplants can save lives, repair limbs and enhance the quality of a person's life.
Xenotransplants are the transplants of living cells, tissues and organs from a member of the animal species to a member of the human species. This offers potential treatment for organ failure. But therer is a concern that many animals have shorter lifespan, meaning their tissues age at a quicker rate. Disease transmission is also a concern.
Tissue Culture is cell transplantation from a human to another human.
Artificial Body Parts
Artificial body parts are devices that either temporarily or permanently replace a missing or faulty part of the body. The earliest artificial body parts were replacing legs with wooden ones, hands with hooks, etc. Now replacing body parts consists of making a mold and replicating the original body part. However, when replacing body parts, it can take some time to get used to a new limb. Another drawback is when undergoing surgery, a tendon in a body part can be overlooked. this results in malfunction of the new body part.