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Published: July 3rd, 2012
AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix has been associated with serious side effects and injuries when used as a hernia mesh or for abdominal reconstructive surgery. As a result of the patch’s tendency to stretch or sag over time, users have suffered a number of painful and debilitating injuries, including recurrence of hernias, abdominal deformity, illness and disability.
STATUS OF ALLODERM LITIGATION: All AlloDerm lawsuits filed in New Jersey state court have been centralized for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings. As of July 2012, more than 150 complaints are pending in the Superior Court for Middlesex County, New Jersey.
AlloDerm lawyers are continuing to review potential cases for individuals throughout the United States who have experienced problems with the graft after hernia repair or abdominal surgery.
MANUFACTURER: LifeCell Corporation.
OVERVIEW: AlloDerm was first introduced in 1992 and has been marketed for use as a skin graft during plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as during dental surgery. Although it was not sufficiently tested, the manufacturer also marketed AlloDerm for hernia surgery and abdominal surgery.
The AlloDerm graft is harvested from the dead bodies of people who donated their cadavers. LifeCell then aseptically processes the tissue to remove the cells and epidermis, and freeze-dries it to remove some of its elasticity, leaving a white, fibrous patch.
ALLODERM HERNIA SIDE EFFECTS Most complaints regarding side effects of Alloderm come from its use in hernia repair and abdominal reconstructive surgery.
After AlloDerm is implanted for hernia repair, it can stretch up to 50%, and the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions to physicians that the graft needs to be pre-stretched.
When hernia mesh are used in hernia repair and abdominal surgery, it is generally expected that they will hold their shape and provide support for weakened or damaged tissue. When they fail to do so, the hernia can return and other complications can occur. AlloDerm hernia mesh has been found to stretch, thin out, sag, loosen and deform once in place.
AlloDerm complications from its use as hernia mesh can include:
- Hernia Recurrence
- Abdominal Deformity
- Abdominal Pain
Lawsuits over AlloDerm filed against LifeCell allege that the company never should have marketed the product for hernia repair and claim that the company failed to adequately warn doctors or patients about the risks, falsely promoted it as a superior hernia mesh product, and failed to tell them the nature of the product’s origins.