With the government planning to come up with a legislation on tissue bone banking, bone banks are to become a reality in India in the next six months, said president-elect of the Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA) Dr S K S Marya.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of IOACON 2012, the 57th annual conference of IOA, Marya said,“India has a few bone banks and the new legislation will help to open more such banks in the country.”
The tissue bone bank serves as a centre to procure and distribute human allograft tissues, such as bone, obtained from live donors as well as amputated limbs.
Bones can be taken from a person in the age group of 20 to 65 and kept frozen at a temperature of -80 degree so that the immunogenicity is reduced after which it can be sterilised. Just as is the case of heart and kidney donation, efforts should be made to encourage bone donations, he said and added that the potential donors will be evaluated by the bank.