AlloDerm Patch for Hernia Repair: Time Line

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted July 26, 2012


The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential AlloDerm patch lawsuits for problems following hernia repair, where the product may begin to stretch or thin out, resulting in bulging and other painful injuries. Many individuals who have experienced problems are now questioning why this product was ever marketed and promoted for surgery to repair a hernia.

▸ AlloDerm Hernia Patch Side Effects

AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix was the first commercial product introduced by the manufacturer, LifeCell Corporation. While it was first introduced in 1992 for use with burn victims, the company began selling the AlloDerm patch for hernia repair and other abdominal surgeries, even though it was never adequately tested or determined to be safe and effective.

Because it is comprised of soft tissue that is harvested from cadavers, Alloderm is classified as banked human tissue. Therefore, it was never approved by the FDA as a medical device for use during hernia repair. However, LifeCell still had an obligation to ensure that AlloDerm was safe and effective for use as a hernia patch, and failed to test the long-term outcomes of the product or provide adequate warnings about the risk of problems.

AlloDerm Time Line

  • 1992 – AlloDerm patch was first used for burn patients
  • 1994 – AlloDerm was used for periodontal surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • 1994 – LifeCell began promoting and selling AlloDerm patch for hernia repair and abdominal reconstruction, but they provided no information on labels, package inserts, instructions or the company website about such surgical use
  • 2000 – LifeCell began actively and openly promoting AlloDerm for hernia repair, promoting the patch without conducted any testing to determine whether it was safe and effective. The company also failed to provide instructions or any referrences that AlloDerm should be “pre-stretched” before hernia repair to avoid the patch loosening, thinning, sagging or spreading following surgery.
  • March 2000 – LifeCell provided instructions to physicians that only indicated that physicians should suture AlloDerm intraoperatively “under significant tension” and “after proper re-hydration”, but did not provide any specific indication to pre-stretch AlloDerm for hernia surgery.
  • 2000 – 2008 – LifeCell continued to promote AlloDerm without warnings about hernia repair problems, increasing annual revenues for the product to $167 million by 2007, while they knew or should have known that users were experiencing serious problems from AlloDerm following hernia repair as a result of the patch stretching after being implanted.
  • 2008 – Information was provided to surgeons that AlloDerm can be stretched up to 50%, which allows for smaller pieces to be purchased that can then be stretched out to increase size of the graft.

AlloDerm Hernia Repair Lawsuits

As a result of the manufacturers decision to place their desire for profits before patient safety, financial compensation may be available through an Alloderm product liability lawsuit. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States and all cases are reviewed on a contingency fee bases, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire a law firm and we receive no attorney fee unless a recovery is obtained.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

4 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Andy says:

    Not much research has not been done on Alloderm patches. Without having knowledge about the complications.Many people opted for these surgical procedure. Recent years hae seen many cases of severe complications pertaining to alloderm. Awareness now has been increased.

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

  • Philip says:

    When a lawsuit is filed need to clearly state what went wrong with the Alloderm skin graft. The complications related to Alloderm are many. ranging from inflammation to damage of organs.

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 11:32 am

  • Steve says:

    Recently there is high in Alloderm lawsuits. There was no proper research or study on alloderm complications. Without knowing the resultant factors many of them opted for these surgeries. The risk of complications increased drastically.

    Posted on October 10, 2015 at 7:15 am

  • Tracey says:

    First all what about all people that died. My husband died 2010. But because he drank he had no case. Even after he died they still putting these in people. He had his in 2005 put in five years of hell.when to lawyers no case. I believe patch wrap around liver and other organs. Its to late me lost my home and everything .you people not be putting these things in people. Money making product every 5 years have to have it replace.

    Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

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