Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Awareness of cadaver bone donation had to be created in a big way across the State if the requirements were to be fulfilled, said Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, Professor and Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Madras Medical College and Government General Hospital, here on Saturday.

The architect of country’s exclusive bone bank in the Government General Hospital, Chennai, said that the bank was a boon for patients suffering from bone cancers and those involved in accidents.

Awareness campaigns, on the lines of those for blood donation, were a must for cadaver bone donation also as not many came forward to donate bones that had resulted in their import from Sri Lanka to fulfil the requirements, he said and added that booklets emphasising the need to donate bones were being distributed in Chennai.

Bones extracted from cadaver as well as from a live donor (a person declared brain dead by doctors) under aseptic condition were irradiated, sterilised and stored under minus 60 degrees Centigrade to minus 80 degrees Centigrade.

“As we don’t have the facility to irradiate the bones in Chennai, they are sent to the Gamma Irradiation facility in Bangalore. The shelf life of such bones is around 12 to 18 months. Bones can also be obtained as chips to help reconstruct the damaged portions. ,” said Dr. Mayil Vahanan, who is also an expert orthopaedic oncological surgeon.