AlloDerm Hernia Repair Patch – Lawsuits
Alloderm Hernia Repair Patches have been used in hernia repair surgeries as well as breast reconsriction surgeries. If you or a loved one has suffered from complications from an AlloDerm Hernaia Repair Patch, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to determine your rights as well as the terms and conditions of compensation, you may be able to file a class action lawsuit against AlloDerm and receive cash settlements.
LifeCell is the manufacturer of AlloDerm- the brand name given to a type of tissue matrix used to repair damaged tissues. It’s been available for commercial use since the early 90’s, and has been used in millions of patients, sometimes without even being notified.
AlloDerm was initially developed to treat skin of severely burnt patients but later found its way in treating many more ailments like heart, cornea, bone, hernia, breast reconstruction, and in oral- cosmetic, dermatologic, plastic and reconstructive surguries. As per the Kinetic Concepts, LifeCell Strattice Reconstructive Tissue Matrix achieved favorable outcomes in the clinical study. AlloDerm is made from the tissues of dead bodies also called cadavers and then put through a proprietary manufacturing process which removes the cells to prevent rejection amongst patients. It uses human cells to develop blood vessels, attract white blood cells, allow the graft to eventually become a part of the host tissue, and minimize the chances of graft failure or rejection.
Though LifeCell promoted AlloDerm as safe and strong product for the repair of abdominal hernia, recent studies showed extremely high rate of hernia recurrence in patients whose hernia was treated with AlloDerm patch. FDA also updated its safety information on hernia repair patch in the month of October in the year 2008. Even MedSun, from February 2007 to April 2009, contributed some 29 adverse event reports associated with 30 hernia mesh patches in 30 patients to FDA. AlloDerm was classified by FDA as a “banked human tissue”. The complications related to AlloDerm mesh patch that were reported are summarized as below:
- Mesh explants due to recall
- Sloughing or Graft Failure or Defective Mesh
- Dehiscence- condition in which an organ or tissue splits open
- Infection or Disease transmission from the mesh- Although LifeCell followed a strict donor screening process to diminish the risk of diseased tissues being transplanted in the patients; it could not fool proof the system completely thereby risking the presence of possible pathogens.
- Ring breakage, tearing, erosion or perforation of the mesh
- Hernia relapse- probably due to failure of the mesh, leading to revision surgeries, which were far more complicated and expensive.
- Adhesion issues- wherein the mesh was not placed securely at the site of surgery, causing additional complications.
- Seroma- wherein serous fluid accumulated in discrete pockets after the surgery.
- Pain or soreness or even swelling or inflammation.
Process to Initiate AlloDerm Failure Suit
Patients who have undergone an AlloDerm surgery and have suffered from any of the above mentioned side effects, followed by an emergency medical treatment should consult a seasoned products liability attorney to learn about the legal rights and entitlements. Chances of successful claim increases dramatically if experienced team for legal representation is chosen by injured patients who decide upon to stand up for their legal rights and follow through with an Alloderm failure lawsuit. So, contact a seasoned personal injury lawyer and discuss your case with him to understand the steps that need to be taken to get reparations for hardships suffered due to AlloDerm Hernia Repair Patch.