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AlloDerm Injuries a Possible Risk When Mesh is Used in Hernia Surgery

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A surgical mesh used in hernia surgery called AlloDerm may be putting patients at risk for serious complications, including hernia recurrence. In addition to hernia recurrence, AlloDerm complications may include damage to nearby organs, nerves and blood vessels as well as adverse reactions to the mesh and adhesions (where the loops of a patient’s intestines adhere to the mesh or each other).

One 2008 study of 70 hernia surgery patient found that AlloDerm’s overall complication rate was 24 percent. Of the AlloDerm patients who experienced complications, there was one rejection, two infections, and 14 hernia recurrences.

Such AlloDerm complications may require patients to undergo a potentially painful procedure called mesh explant, or the removal of the graft. According to the study, approximately 8 percent of AlloDerm patients require explant (removal) surgery, compared to 1.6 percent in control groups.

AlloDerm was originally manufactured for burn victims, but has since been used in other procedures including breast reconstruction and hernia repair. Manufactured by LifeCell, AlloDerm is made from donated cadaver skin that has had all of the cells removed in order to limit the chances of patients experiencing adverse reactions to the mesh.

AlloDerm is not the only hernia mesh product that could be putting patients at risk. Between 2007 and 2009, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received 29 adverse event reports associated with 30 hernia mesh products in 30 patients from 20 hospitals. The most frequently reported device problems were:

• 18 reports of additional surgical procedure required
• 5 reports of infection
• 4 reports of abscess
• 3 reports of pain/soreness
• 3 reports of inflammation/swelling

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