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The Basics of Hiatal Hernias

Posted on May 15th, 2013 No Comments

A person’s diaphragm performs an essential function by separating their heart and lungs from their abdomen. An opening, which is called a “hiatus,” in the diaphragm helps the esophagus reach the stomach, allowing for proper food absorption and digestion. However, sometimes a part of the stomach becomes wedged in this opening, preventing food and other digestive substances from completing their usual route and causing an inflammation to the affected area. This is known as a hiatal hernia and can lead to serious complications, which if not remedied quickly can lead to the development of cancerous changes.

To be fully cured of a hiatal hernia, surgery is often the only method; however, if you’re opting for a more temporary solution, you can try an acid-blocking medication.

Many hernia patients have sought a way to remedy their health problems by using AlloDerm hernia patches. However, it has been found that there are a lot of negative side effects to using this patch. If you or someone you know has experienced discomfort or further illness because of using AlloDerm, the legal team at Williams Kherker may be able to help you pursue compensation. Call 800-761-3187 to discuss your case.

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New mesh tool to help repair abdominal hernias

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 No Comments

Whenever people have organ, intestinal, or gynecological problems, they often have to undergo surgeries to correct the ailment afflicting them. To perform these surgeries, surgeons usually cut down the midline to open the abdominal cavity. However, studies show that in the U.S., 10 percent of the 1 million midline incision surgeries are likely to result in a hernia.

Fortunately, a new tool to help make hernia repairs more sustainable is being introduced by surgeons. Through a medical technique known as “abdominal component separation,” a sterile pig skin biologic mesh is used to help facilitate longer-lasting hernia repair.

The biologic mesh is much healthier, as its inclusion inside the body is natural, whereas prosthetic mesh tends to be prone to infections and is more likely to fail.

It is recommended for patients who are more likely to develop infections, such as those who are obese, to obtain these types of hernia repairs.

While certain hernia patches, such as the one described above, have been found to be successful, there are, unfortunately, many other hernia patches that do not have the same success. In fact, Alloderm is one such type of patch that often causes greater harm than good to patients. For those who have been victimized by the use of Alloderm, an attorney from Williams Hart may be able to help. Call 800-761-3187 to find out if you are eligible to pursue financial compensation.

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Common Types of Hernias

Posted on March 26th, 2013 No Comments

A hernia is a condition that happens when portions of an intestine bulge from the body cavities that contain them, causing the patient slight to extreme pain. Additionally, blood vessels in the hernia are constricted, cutting blood supply and causing an emergency need for the body to get an immediate supply of oxygen.

While there are a variety of different types of hernias, some of the most common types include femoral, incisional, and obdurator hernias. Femoral hernias occur when abdominal contents, usually the intestines, find their way into the femoral canal, which is the path where the femoral artery, vein, and nerve leave the abdominal cavity to make their way towards the thigh, causing a bulge in the mid-thigh area.

Incisional hernias happen when an error is made with abdominal surgeries, causing a rupture in the abdominal wall. And, while the obdurator hernia doesn’t show a bulge in the pelvic area, it does act as a bowel obstruction, causing the patient severe nausea and vomiting.

Unfortunately, many people have suffered serious side effects as a result of using the Alloderm hernia patch. If this has happened to you, call 800-761-3187 to discuss taking legal action against the party responsible for your suffering. Our legal team at Williams Hart may be able to help you obtain financial compensation for the myriad of losses you have sustained.

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Football Player Akers Facing Professional Complications due to Hernia Issues

Posted on January 14th, 2013 No Comments

David Akers, a kicker for the San Francisco 49ers, had a double sports hernia surgery in February of 2012 and faced almost a year of recovery, rehabilitation, and ongoing complications due to the surgery. Now he is facing additional professional pressure as the team has hired Billy Cundiff to potentially play in the divisional playoff game for the 49ers.

Although Akers started the season off well, making a 63-yard kick against Green Bay, he started missing much shorter kicks later in the season, especially after he fell during practice in November, irritating the injury.

Like Akers, many people have had hernia surgery, and a number of these have received an AlloDerm patch in their procedure. Unfortunately, AlloDerm has been shown to cause serious and painful complications for some people. If this is the case for you, call an AlloDerm lawyer of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today.


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NFL player undergoes hernia surgery

Posted on November 6th, 2012 No Comments

Green Bay Packers wide receiver, Greg Jennings, recently underwent hernia surgery in Philadelphia. The professional football player attempted to play through his sports hernia injury, but he was eventually referred to a surgeon in Philadelphia in order to correct his injury.

The hernia surgery was postponed for two days due to Hurricane Sandy weather throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The surgery took place last Thursday, and Jennings is said to be doing fine.

The sports hernia developed over time in Jennings, and initially started out as a groin injury that turned into an abdominal tear. The receiver will not be able to play football for several weeks as he begins the recovery phase of his hernia injury.

If you have sustained injuries due to the use of AlloDerm during your hernia surgery, please contact the AlloDerm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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Different types of pelvic organ prolapse

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 No Comments

When the pelvic organs in women begin to lose their strength, they run the risk of pushing through their allotted cavities inside the body. This protrusion of pelvic organs is known as pelvic organ prolapse, and is associated with numerous complications.

There are several different types of pelvic organ prolapse. Some of those types can include: protrusion of the bladder, protrusion of the rectum, and protrusion of the small intestine. All of these types can be extremely painful, and may require surgery.

When surgery is decided upon in these cases, transvaginal mesh patches may be used in order to repair these painful protrusions. These mesh patches have recently been connected to numerous complications that could harm a patient even further than the initial problem of pelvic organ prolapse.

If you underwent surgery that involved the use of transvaginal mesh, and you are now suffering from complications, please contact the AlloDerm lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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Rhinoplasties and AlloDerm

Posted on September 10th, 2012 No Comments

A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving the nose. This procedure is performed by cosmetic surgeons and can involve skin grafting techniques.

Skin grafting includes the use of harvesting skin from one area of an individual’s body in order to use it in a different area. Different mesh products are able to eliminate the need for this technique, and several surgeons opt to use these products, such as AlloDerm.

There are concerns regarding these mesh products in rhinoplasties, due to the thinness of skin that is present on the nose. The use of AlloDerm in these surgeries can result in complications, including infections and the need for corrective surgeries.

If this product was used in your rhinoplasty procedure, and you suffered complications, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the AlloDerm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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Study shows hip disorder could raise risk of sports hernias

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Individuals who have the hip disorder, femoral acetabular impingement, are more susceptible to sustaining a sports hernia, according to a new study.

The study, which was conducted in the orthopedics department at the University of Virginia, involved 43 patients who had undergone sports hernia repair surgery between 1999 and 2011. Of the patients that were part of the study, 86 percent of them had a variation of the hip disorder, femoral acetabular impingement.

The stress that this type of hip disorder places on the groin area increases the chances of someone suffering from a sports hernia, according to the results of the study.

If AlloDerm was used in your hernia repair surgery, and you now suffer from complications, please contact the AlloDerm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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What is a hernia?

Posted on June 29th, 2012 No Comments

A hernia is a condition that involve protruding intestines through a specific part of a person’s abdominal lining. These intestinal parts are pushed through the abdominal lining after a tear in the lining is experienced.

Hernias can occur due to a muscle strain, heavy lifting, or just during an average daily activity. The pain associated with hernias varies widely, from severe pain to no pain at all. There are four types of common hernias that occur in the abdominal lining. These hernias include incisional, umbilical, inguinal, and femoral.

Those specific types of hernias are often associated with large amounts of pain, and require surgery to fix. Hernia repair surgeries can result in serious complications when surgical mesh products are used. It is important to understand the risks associated with these surgeries before undergoing a procedure.

If a hernia repair surgery has left you with complications, please contact the AlloDerm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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AlloDerm and hernia repair surgeries

Posted on June 21st, 2012 No Comments

Surgical mesh products are often used in hernia repair surgeries in order to cover up the tear in the abdomen, or the part of the body where the hernia occurred.

Hernioplasty surgeries involve doctors replacing the protruding organ, and applying the surgical mesh product to the area where the tear took place. This mesh is meant to enhance the weak tissue in the area, and to keep the organ in place.

The surgical mesh, AlloDerm, has often been used in these types of surgeries. The use of AlloDerm has been linked to numerous complications that take place after the surgery has been completed. The side effects include bruising, swelling, and infection.

If AlloDerm was used in your hernia surgery, and you developed a serious side effect, please contact the AlloDerm lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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