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The Use of AlloDerm in Hernia Repairs

A hernia occurs when the protective lining of an organ becomes weakened or torn, allowing part of the organ to protrude through it. The most common types of hernia occur in the lower abdominal wall, usually affecting part of the intestines. Hernias are often treated with a kind of surgery known as hernia repair.

AlloDerm, a skin grafting product made from donated skin tissue, is commonly used in hernia repairs. Unfortunately, some patients have experienced painful complications after undergoing such surgeries. If you have been harmed by the use of AlloDerm, call the AlloDerm attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 to learn about your legal options.

Hernia Repair

There are two different kinds of surgery that doctors may use to repair a hernia:

  • Herniorrhaphy – In this kind of surgery, the protruding tissue is pushed back through the tear in the abdominal lining, then the tear is fixed by sewing it together. This kind of surgery does not require any skin grafting or donated tissue.
  • Hernioplasty – In this kind of surgery, the protruding tissue is pushed back, then a mesh is implanted over the tear and any potentially weak surrounding tissue. This mesh can be made from synthetic or biological materials. For example, AlloDerm is one type of mesh that may be used in this procedure.

AlloDerm is commonly used in hernioplasties because it can help the body repair itself by aiding the growth of new tissue. However, like all medical products, it is not without certain risks. Some patients have suffered painful complications after undergoing hernia repairs using AlloDerm.

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If you have suffered medical complications caused by the use of AlloDerm, you may have grounds for legal action. To learn more, contact the AlloDerm lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187.

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