The musculoskeletal system is made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and associated tissues that help the body move and maintain its form. Musculoskeletal disorders and diseases significantly impact the quality of life. Your care team may recommend for you to have a surgical procedure in which a bone or other musculoskeletal tissue will be replaced. This type of transplant has the potential to greatly impact your quality of life.

According to the American Association of Tissue Banks, bone and soft tissue is the most common type of transplant available.

Cleveland Clinic is here to help you every step of the way in your Bone or Soft Tissue Transplant. Reasons and conditions may range for each individual transplantation, but the level of excellence and care do not.

Once a Bone and Soft Tissue Transplant is considered an option, you will need to go through a series of tests and evaluations to make sure you meet all criteria to receive the transplant. Your physician and care team will give you all the information needed on what types of testing you will need to have done before your specific transplant.

You Play the Largest Role in Your Transplant Success

We understand that you are both excited and nervous about your transplant; these are normal reactions. Being prepared in advance by learning and understanding what to expect will help ease your fear of the unknown.

It is important that you ask any questions you may have or ask your care team to clarify something that is confusing to you.

The benefits of Bone and Soft Tissue Transplantation cannot come from surgery alone; it also depends on you. You have to follow the demanding treatment plan that the doctors and multidisciplinary team prescribe. However, even then, there are risks and complications to having any type of transplant. You must be aware of potential risks and complications that can result in serious injury, and even death. Your doctors cannot predict exactly how your body will respond to a transplant. The operation itself is complex and the risks remain high for many patients.