The bone bank project was envisioned by our Executive Vice-Chairman Prof. Hemanth Raj E.


The bone bank project was envisioned by our Executive Vice-Chairman Prof. Hemanth Raj E.

The Rotary club of madras central donated all the equipment for the bone bank as part of their global
grant project. The bone bank was formally inaugurated on 28.06.2019. The facility was inspected by the
Directorate of Medical Services on 03.08.2019. Bone bank technician was appointed on 14.08.2019. The
bank was registered with Government of Tamilnadu on 24.09.2019 and subsequently registered with
TRANSTAN in November 2019.

The bone bank is one of the largest in the country spread over 1600 sq. ft. containing state of art
equipment. It’s a non-profit service providing safe, reliable and cost effective human bone allografts.
Guidelines drafted by the Asia Pacific Association of Surgical Tissue Banking (APASTB) are followed.

Types of grafts available
1) Deep frozen femoral heads – irradiated and non-irradiated
2) Deep frozen long bones – irradiated and non-irradiated
3) Lyophilized bone blocks (derived from femoral heads) – irradiated

25 kilo Gray of gamma irradiation is used to irradiate the bones. The institute has signed a MoU with
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) for irradiation of the bones.

The staff are well trained in harvesting bones from brain dead, and processing of bones. Ambulance
exclusively for the bone bank is available which is used for harvesting bones from the brain dead.

Use of bone allografts

Advantages of bone allografts

Emergency Cases

Please feel welcome to contact our friendly reception staff with any general or medical enquiry call us.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday :  8.00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday : 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sunday : 10.00 am – 9.00 pm

Registration Time

Monday – Sunday : 7.00 am – 11.00 am

Visiting Hours

Monday – Sunday : 4.00 PM – 6.00 PM

Source of bones

  1. Living donors

2. Deceased donors

Reconstruction of body

Bone Bank Products

Lyophilised bone blocks
Sterilized with 25 kilo Gray of gamma radiation.
Stored at room temperature.
Shelf life of 3 years.

1) Fill cavities
2) Small bone defects
3) Non-union
4) Spinal fusion

How to use
1) Wash 3 times with copious amount of saline
2) Soak in antibiotic solution for 30 minutes (Gentamycin + Vancomycin)
3) Can be shaped appropriately and used

Deep frozen femoral heads
Irradiated and non-irradiated femoral heads available.
Stored at minus 80° Celsius
Shelf life of 5 years

1) Fill cavities
2) Small bone defects
3) Non-union
4) Spinal fusion

How to use
1) Remove articular cartilage
2) Shape or cut to appropriate dimensions
3) Wash with copious amount of saline using jet lavage to remove any blood

Deep frozen long bones (structural allografts)

Irradiated and non-irradiated long bones available.
Stored at minus 80° Celsius.
Shelf life of 5 years.

1) Structural allografts to bridge bone defects

How to use
1) Remove all remaining soft tissues and periosteum
2) Ream the medulla to remove the marrow contents
3) Wash with copious amount of saline using jet lavage to remove any blood or marrow content.
4) Soak in antibiotic solution for 30 minutes (Gentamycin + Vancomycin)


Muslim religious council – agrees with organ donation.

Christianity – loving one’s neighbour as oneself – act of genuine altruism. “Give and it will be given to you; good emasure, passed down, shaken together, running over, will be put in your lap” Luke 6:38

Hindu – Dharma – doing good things for others is desirable

Fear of mutilation

Fear that organs will be sold or used for only rich

Muslims – god created them whole and they prefer to return to him whole. Islam doesn’t explicitly forbid donation
Preferably 12 – 80 years. Bones in younger children contain more cartilage. Bones over 80 years might be very fragile.
The bones are harvested in a sterile operation theeatre
Time is the limiting factor. The bones harvested are from the arm (humerus), forearm (radius and ulna),
thigh (femur), leg (tibia and fibula), patella and hip bone (ilium).
The bones are harvested within 6 hours of death in case of cadaveric donation.
How long does the process of harvesting bones take
Donor body reconstructed with wooden dowels

POP/ wires will be used to anchor dowels to the remaining body

Dignity and respect for the deceased body will be observed at all times.

No disfigurement, dangling of limbs

Reconstruct the limb best as can be done to give a cosmetically acceptable
reconstructed limb
No tissue matching is required for bone.
The bones are not utilized immediately like the organs. They undergo processing. It takes 6 to 8 months from the time of harvest till the bones are ready to use.
Any bone can be used to replace any bone.
Well processed allografts are safe, effective and reliable to be used.


Bone Bank Incharge
Dr. Chandra Kumar Krishnan M.S (Ortho), Diploma in Tissue Banking (NUS, Singapore)
Associate Professor (Orthopaedic Oncology)
Bone Bank Incharge
Email –
Mobile – 8826255821
Landline – 044-22209150 Extn – 235

Bone Bank Technician
Ms. Prema
Email –
Phone – 6383446823

    Make Appointment

    Call: 044-22209150/22350131 Ext 105/152/164/169/211 between 7AM and 5PM

    Quick Contacts

    Please feel free to contact our friendly staff with any medical enquiry.

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