AlloDerm is a skin mesh patch that has been used to repair hernias. Between the months of February 2007 and April 2009, 29 cases of adverse reactions linked to AlloDerm hernia mesh patches were reported to the Food and Drug Administration. Moreover, a study was performed with 70 individuals who additionally experienced complications due to the use of AlloDerm patches for hernia repairs. Out of these 70 people, 14 experienced reoccurrence of hernias, two developed infections and one developed a rejection to the patch. The study concluded that the overall rate of complications from AlloDerm was nearly 25 percent. Because of the complications from AlloDerm mesh repair patches, many patients have had to undergo additional surgeries to remove the AlloDerm patch and to treat injuries that were caused by the hernia repair patch.
AlloDerm was originally developed in 1994 to specifically treat burn patients and eventually began being used for repairing hernias as well as for reconstructive surgeries. AlloDerm patches are derived from human tissue and processed by the biotechnology corporation, LifeCell. The mesh repair patches work by promoting the growth of new tissue. When used for bulging hernia repairs, the hernia is positioned back into its proper place followed by placing an AlloDerm mesh patch over the weakened area of the wall of the abdomen. This helps to reinforce the weak area to prevent the reoccurrence of the hernia.
Since the initial reported complaints to the FDA from patients who had been treated with AlloDerm, many others have come forth with similar complaints. Some patients have experienced erosion of the mesh patches resulting from irritation and infection, while others have reported adhesion problems, perforations and tears of the meshes. Moreover, some have suffered serious injuries to blood vessels and organs that are located near the mesh patch. Other complications include inflammations, swelling, infections, abdominal wall abscesses as well as recurrences of the hernias. Many doctors are now aware of these complications and several have reported them to the FDA. These include problems with incision healing when AlloDerm was used as well as adhesion failures.
Due to the reports of complications from AlloDerm by numerous patients, hernia repair patch lawsuits are being filed for compensation of pain and suffering as well as to cover medical expenses. If you or someone you know has experienced complications due to AlloDerm repair patches that were used during hernia repair surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. To understand your rights and entitlements concerning this matter, individuals are being advised to speak with an AlloDerm hernia repair patch lawyer. They can provide the necessary information to help you receive what is rightfully and legally entitled to you.