AlloDerm Hernia Patch Product Liability Lawsuits AlloDerm is a surgical mesh that has been widely used in hernia repair surgeries, which is the surgery most frequently performed by general surgeons in the United States. Marketed and sold since 1994 by LifeCell, it is "decellularized human cadaveric dermis," meaning that it is donated human skin. This donated skin goes through a intricate process to take out the top layer of cells and the dermis but leaving in tact the cologen and other components the mesh needs. It is also been successfully used in breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
The product is supposed to promote tissue growth and has worked wonders for many people. There is no question about that. But scientific studies are continuing to come out showing an extremely high rate - unacceptably high rate - of complications and problems.Alloderm Defects
Medical journals have reported problems with AlloDerm for a long time. In 2008, the journal Hernia reported in Results of AlloDerm Use in Abdominal Hernia Repair that AlloDerm hernia patches failed at an alarming rate - up to 24% at one hospital.
The most frequent problem is recurrence of the hernia, meaning that the patch was unable to restrain the herniated tissue over time and that a second surgery would likely be required. Other problems included infection and a rejection of the AlloDerm by the body. Some studies since then have shown an even higher rate of failure for AlloDerm hernia surgeries. It is clear that the manufacturer failed to conduct appropriate long-term studies on AlloDerm before selling it to the public.Alloderm Hernia Patch Injuries
The AlloDerm hernia patch can cause a number of injuries, including:
- pain and swelling
- mesh tears or erosion
- abscess and infection
- reoccurrence of the hernia
- additional surgeries
There is a collection of AlloDerm hernia patch lawsuits pending in New Jersey state courts, where the manufacturer is located. Many have been filed before Judge Carol Higbee in Atlantic County, and these lawsuits have now been combined into a "sort of" class action lawsuit under Judge Higbee that has, as of September, 2012, 225 claims. Why sort of? The cases are not a pure class action, but have some characteristics of class action lawsuits. Most importantly, the judge monitors all of them, arrange for unified and non-duplicative discovery, and can even promote settlements.
New Jersey courts are generally considered good by plaintiffs' lawyers in product liability cases, and any person who was injured by Alloderm can file a lawsuit there. It is possible that there will be an effort to unify Alloderm federal lawsuits in the same way.Contact Us
If you have had an AlloDerm hernia patch, and have experienced any problems, contact our product liability lawyers at 1.800.553.8082, or online for a free consultation.For More Information