For a career military man like TJ, parachuting from a plane or helicopter was part of his usual routine. But after a jump, TJ's "sprained" ankle was later diagnosed as broken, and the surgery to insert three screws in his ankle was unsuccessful. Suffering from chronic pain, TJ was eventually medically discharged from the Army. Back home, TJ had another failed surgery which left him in worse pain; the next doctor TJ saw recommended that he have his lower leg amputated below the knee. Refusing to give up, TJ eventually met an orthopaedic surgeon who made a plan to rebuild his ankle with Trinity ELITE allogenic bone graft material, which is donated human bone processed to preserve the living adult stem cells.
"My future looks very bright," says TJ, after the successful procedure turned his life around. He and his family are grateful for the donor who made it possible. To learn more about TJ's story, watch his video here:
Patients like Michael and TJ are able to recover and heal when bone or soft tissue is transplanted from a donor to a person. Bone allografts are commonly used for orthopedic reconstruction, spinal surgical procedures, and to fill bone voids following tumor surgery. Allografts come from donors who have passed away and who have given consent to donate bones, cartilage, tendons, skin and ligaments. These donors are carefully screened by medical professionals to ensure healthy bone and tissue.
Orthofix partners with MTF (Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation), a non-profit service organization dedicated to advance the science and practice of tissue and bone transplantation. Orthofix and MTF proudly support fundraising efforts to support Donate Life, a U.S. based tissue and organ donation organization. For more information, please visit www.DonateLife.net.
MTF, which is the largest tissue bank in the U.S., processes Trinity Elite, an allograft that helped make Michael's recovery possible. For more information, please visit www.MTF.org.
The patients stories above are the experiences of these individuals. Not everyone treated will receive the same results. If you are interested in learning more, please consult your physician to understand the benefits and risks. Information related to indications, contraindications and precautions can be found at