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Common Myths about Mesh Hernia Patches

When an individual is diagnosed with a hernia, surgical intervention is often necessary in order to prevent undesirable complications from arising. Recently, hernia repair procedures have increasingly involved the use of mesh hernia patches, such as the one produced by AlloDerm. These patches are often made of biological materials which, ideally, should integrate into the patient’s body and prevent hernia recurrence. Unfortunately, a number of common myths may cause people to misunderstand the effectiveness and safety of these products. This article is meant to correct these misconceptions.

Myth: Mesh hernia patches are always safe for use.

Fact: While in many cases mesh hernia patches are an effective surgical aid, they should not be used near infected areas, as they can exacerbate the condition. Furthermore, the mesh material used in AlloDerm’s hernia patch has been known to deteriorate, causing undesirable consequences for a patient’s health.

Myth: All mesh patches eventually remodel into the patient’s tissue.

Fact: While this is what should happen in an ideal situation, a number of different factors, such as adhesion failure, mesh perforation, or mesh erosion can impede the remodeling process and may ultimately necessitate further surgeries.

Myth: Only synthetic mesh patches cause seromas and inflammation.

Fact: All types of hernia mesh patches, biological and synthetic, can cause seromas and inflammation, as these are the results of the body’s response to the inclusion of foreign materials, and not the material making up the patch.

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If you or someone you know has undergone hernia repair surgery involving the AlloDerm mesh patch, you may be entitled to compensation for any complications that may have occurred as a result. Contact the hernia patch lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187 to discuss your situation with an experienced member of our legal team.

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