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AlloDerm: An Unsafe Solution to Abdominal Hernia

Posted by Kathlyn on January 04, 2013
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In the past, Skin cell injuries or damages, such as those resulting from surgeries or burns, were usually treated and repaired through traditional skin grafting, a surgery which involved skin transplantation, taken from the patient‘s own body. LifeCell’s introduction of AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix, or simply AlloDerm, in 1994 changed this procedure. While also intended to enable growth of new cells on severely damaged skin, this new skin grafting technique harvests carefully processed cells / skin tissues from cadavers rather than patients. Besides burns, AlloDerm came to be used in many other treatments, including implants, grafts, breast reconstruction after mastectomy (removal of the whole breast), as well as hernia surgeries, most especially abdominal hernia.

A hernia, which anyone from infants to senior citizens can develop, is a condition wherein an internal organ pushes through a weakened tissue or muscle that contains or surrounds it, producing a lump or a bulge under the skin. In the case of abdominal hernia, an organ, such as the intestine, protrudes through a tear in the abdominal wall’s inner lining.

Treating hernia requires a surgical procedure, and the introduction of AlloDerm, which is considered a safe and effective surgical mesh that has the potential to cause the pain and discomfort caused by hernias to disappear, seemed to be the most logical way to solve this medical concern.

Unfortunately, a number of patients who have undergone hernia surgeries between the years 2007 and 2009 have recently complained of the side effects of AlloDerm. Some of these complaints are:

  • Infection – This happens at the exact location of the surgery. It appears as hardening or swelling of the skin, lasting and increasing pain, reddening of skin, or fever.
  • Abscess – Infection caused by parasites or bacteria leads pus to gather in any one body part, but usually in the brain, throat, lung or skin. This, then, leads to the formation of an abscess or boil. Abscesses that grow inside the body are more dangerous as they are harder to detect and even more difficult to treat.
  • Mesh Tear or Perforation – The worst effects of these are re-occurrence of hernia, requiring new surgical procedures.

If you or anyone you know is suffering due to the complications caused by AlloDerm, you can save yourself and your loved ones from the burden of medical expenses and other financial difficulties by filing an AlloDerm lawsuit. These complications may not have been intended, but those responsible for them need to be held accountable for their failure in guaranteeing the product’s safety. Contact an attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options in this difficult situation.