AlloDerm, the surgical mesh device used to repair hernias, has been linked to an increased risk of serious complications including failure of the surgical mesh, ultimately resulting in a relapse back to the original injury. Our firm is working with some very experienced dangerous medical device lawyers across the nation, who can file an AlloDerm lawsuit on your behalf and will charge you no legal fees until you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll free 24/7 or online for your free consultation.
Have You Suffered a Serious Medical Complication
from AlloDerm Surgical Mesh?
You May Have an AlloDerm Lawsuit!
AlloDerm has been linked to serious patient injury. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a procedure involving this device, our personal injury attorneys can help you protect your legal rights. An injury lawyer familiar with dangerous medical device investigation can help you determine whether to pursue this type of hernia mesh lawsuit.
This device is a skin grafting product manufactured by LifeCell Corporation, a bioengineering company engaged in the development of cell preservation and tissue regeneration products. The device was created in 1994, and was originally praised by doctors and patients as providing a safe alternative to traditional skin grafting. It was designed to help promote growth of tissue at the site of the patch. Recently however, AlloDerm has been identified as posing serious risks to patients. Among these, the implant has been known to shrink in place, becoming less effective and also possibly leading to complete failure of the implant. Some of these risks may be so severe that patients must undergo additional surgeries in order to correct the problems caused by the product. In these instances, patients have found that the mesh has been more harmful than beneficial.
The graft is made from cadaver dermis that undergoes extensive processing by which all the cells are removed in order make sure the recipient’s body does not reject it. The device is used in a variety of medical procedures, including: hernia repairs, breast reconstruction following mastectomies, treatment for severe burns or lacerations, as well as head and neck plastic surgery reconstruction and grafting. Unfortunately, patients are often unaware that a mesh was used in their procedure until after the fact.
The device has been popular due to its reputation as a safe means of helping skin regenerate and grow over skin that was damaged as a result of surgery or injury. Most recently though, the mesh patch has been linked to serious medical complications including life-threatening infections, abscesses, bruising, swelling, hernia recurrence, extreme discomfort, and the need for additional corrective surgeries.
LifeCell Corporation issued a recall of AlloDerm and other products in 2005. The recall may not be applicable to individuals who underwent mesh patch implant surgeries before this recall date.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
A hernia is when the lining of an organ is opened, causing the organ to protrude from that hole. AlloDerm is used to correct this condition and repair the opening. However, this hernia repair procedure places patients at risk for developing serious medical complications such as:
- Graft explant
- Tearing of the mesh patch
- Defective patches
- Perforations in the product causing tissue
weakness (thus allowing the hernia to recur)
- Adhesion failure
- Improper healing of surgical incision sites
- Mesh erosion
- Infection at the site of the implant
- Pain at the site of the implant
An AlloDerm lawsuit may be an option for individuals who have had a surgery in which the mesh patch was used, and then experienced subsequent injuries as a result, including: patch failure, irritation, infection, or other complications. These complications can be very serious and require hospitalization, or in some instances, explant surgery to remove the patch. This can seriously impact the patient’s quality of life and ability to work.
Contact the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates
If you or a loved one has suffered complications due to AlloDerm, you may be entitled to receive damages and should speak with a personal injury lawyer concerning a potential hernia mesh lawsuit.
Call d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.