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A Closer Look at Alloderm

If you are one of the thousands of people who received an Alloderm mesh patch in a hernia surgery or other procedure, you may now be experiencing serious complications. You, like many others, may only have found out after your surgery about the fact that your doctor was using Alloderm and that it has a high rate of complications. Such a revelation can lead to feelings of confusion, betrayal, and anger. You may simply want to learn some more about Alloderm. Here are some facts about this product:

  • Alloderm was developed in the early 1990s as an alternative to traditional skin grafts. It is now also used for hernia repairs, breast reconstruction, vaginal surgeries, dental surgeries, and more.
  • It is produced and sold by LifeCell.
  • Alloderm is referred to in medical literature as an “acellular collagen matrix.” What does this really mean? It is essentially skin that has had its individual cells removed, leaving just the collagen and elastin materials. These are the components in our skin that gives it elasticity and firmness.
  • The skin that is used in most Alloderm patches is “donated,” meaning that it comes fom cadavers.
  • Sometimes doctors use a skin sample from the person receiving the patch to create the Alloderm sample.
  • It is estimated that about 1 in 4 people who receive Alloderm or a similar product from LifeCell experience serious complications.
  • Complications include infection, abscess, explantation, pain, inflammation, and failure of the patch.

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Dealing with the complications of an Alloderm patch can be costly, painful, and traumatic. If you are facing physical, financial, or emotional challenges following complications with Alloderm or a similar product, call 800-761-3187 to contact the Alloderm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart today.

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