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What Is a Hernia?

When a hernia occurs, the initial pain can be blinding and shocking. Whether it was caused by intense strain or simply performing a regular activity, those who have had a hernia can attest that the pain associated with this medical condition can often be horrendous. Hernia pain can keep a healthy, active person from enjoying his or her daily activities because of the sharp pain that accompanies so many motions. Some hernias do not require medical attention, but serious hernias require surgery in order to repair the damage.

Hernia repair surgery, like any invasive procedure, has associated risks and significant costs. Hernia repair surgery typically includes some type of suture or graft to repair the site of the hernia. A tissue matrix called AlloDerm has been used in some procedures to make those repairs, but has been known to cause hernia reoccurrence. If you have been plagued by a reoccurring hernia and you believe the use of AlloDerm contributed to your pain, you may be able to secure compensation for your extended suffering. Please contact an AlloDerm failure lawyer at Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187.


A hernia is a sac or section of intestine that protrudes through a weak area of the abdominal lining. The gap that is created by some sort of strain or weakness in the lining is filled by the sac and can be painful and detrimental to intestinal function if serious and untreated. Some hernias are not severe enough or painful enough to require surgical repair, but often, surgery is necessary to relieve the pain of a hernia. The following list indicates the types of hernias that typically develop in a few specific areas:

  • Inguinal hernias occur in the groin area and are more common in men than women
  • Femoral hernias occur in the upper thigh and are more common in women than men
  • Incisional hernias occur through the scar of a past abdominal surgery
  • Umbilical hernias occur under the belly button and are typically seen in children

Each of these types can cause great pain and discomfort and will often require surgical procedures to correct them. Hernias should be monitored by a physician to determine if surgery is a necessary step.

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If your hernia reoccurred, it could be the result of a faulty hernia patch. If you have experienced a hernia reoccurrence associated with AlloDerm, please contact an AlloDerm failure lawyer at Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 to consider your legal options.

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