Thank you so much for the link and info as I was not aware.....I knew if you were under weight and other issues were also a reason to be denied....had no idea...any brain surgery was a factor...thanks again.
Thank you so much for sending the link above. I also was considering contacting the bone marrow registry. I have a relative that donated and wanted to do the same. I did not know that surgery on brain tissue excluded you from possible donation. Good to know.
This is straight from the Be The Match website (for bone marrow donation).
"If you have had a significant brain injury or had surgery in the brain tissue — even if currently recovered and asymptomatic — you are not able to register. See Heart Disease/Stroke, if applicable."
So not just bovine in this case, but ANY brain surgery.
I am glad this topic was brought up as it has not b4 that I recall....I could not give b4 as my BP was too low....and I was wondering about doing it now since it is low but not like b4.....my dura patch is my own tissue so I do not think that is an issue...but anyone that has had bovine or cadaver I would think that would be.....
@bowemd- I had no idea even if it is removed you still could not....hmmm
and does that apply fr the synthetic patch as well? I guess as it is foreign matter/.....
I looked into this as well. From what I have read, if you have any kind of foreign-body transplant you are not able to give blood or donate organs. I don't believe this is the case if you have an autologous graft. Also, even if you have the non-autologous graft removed at some point, you still cannot donate. This came as a big surprise to me because I was hoping to add myself to the bone marrow transplant list.
Tell then at the blood drive. They should know. You are so very kind and giving to be even considering continuing to give blood. Are you O negative? I know that is highly valued as it is the universal donor type. I am currently not accepted for donation; they tell me I have to wait till I am at least 6 months post-surgery. My surgery was 4/15.