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AlloDerm Skin Grafts Causing Pain, Infection and other Adverse Health Events


Washington, DC: Alloderm, a type of skin graft used mainly for reconstructive breast surgery and hernia repairs, is reportedly causing adverse health events in some people. The types of complications can include infection, abscesses, pain and soreness, and inflammation and swelling. They can be painful and in some cases life threatening, and may require further surgery, at additional expense and trauma to the patient.

Developed in 1994 by LifeCell as an alternative to traditional skin grafts, AlloDerm uses skin cells donated from human skin tissue supplied by US AATB-compliant tissue banks.

On September 30, 2005, LifeCell initiated a recall of certain AlloDerm products. The recall was prompted when internal quality processes raised questions about the donor documentation received from one tissue recovery organization. Specifically, the company recalled all lots of product that were produced using tissue from Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS). Life Cell promptly notified the FDA and all relevant hospitals and medical professionals.

Today, Alloderm is generally considered safe and effective in helping skin regenerate following surgery or injury, however complications can occur, and there is information to indicate that approximately 30 AlloDerm recipients reported problems such as infection, abscess, or the need for additional surgical procedures following the recall, between 2007 and 2009.

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Published on Sep-28-10

LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Plaintiffs Not Exactly Skinning a High-Five for AlloDerm by LifeCell
Plaintiffs Not Exactly Skinning a High-Five for AlloDerm by LifeCell
June 16, 2014
Washington, DC While it may not necessarily be an occasion to break out the balloons and noisemakers, 2014 is nonetheless an anniversary of sorts for AlloDerm by LifeCell. It was in 1994 that the skin graft product, harvested from cadavers via a carefully controlled process, made its debut on the market [READ MORE]

Study Showed AlloDerm Complications
Study Showed AlloDerm Complications
May 10, 2014
Trenton, NJ As plaintiffs involved in AlloDerm complications lawsuits wait for the bellwether trials to go ahead, experts are looking back on what some studies found regarding AlloDerm skin graft adverse effects. AlloDerm has been around since the 1990s, and has a good track record, but that does not mean people have not suffered adverse events [READ MORE]

AlloDerm Infection Plaintiffs Look to September 2015 As a Beginning
AlloDerm Infection Plaintiffs Look to September 2015 As a Beginning
April 17, 2014
Trenton, NJ Plaintiffs who have encountered problems with regard to AlloDerm Skin Grafts Adverse events are looking to September 2015 as a beginning. That’s when a handful of bellwether trials are potentially set to get underway in state court in New Jersey, over allegations that the AlloDerm products have not only failed to live up to expectations, but have also introduced infection and other grievous complications for numerous patients, or so it is alleged [READ MORE]



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Tearing and recurring hernias after all 3 surgeries. I have infection and open wounds in my abdomen through the skin in the form of ulcers. I have extreme pain having to push organs back in the holes now there. I also have extreme pain when I have to use abdominal muscles in any way. I am now disabled due partly to the complications. I cannot at times even stand up straight from the pain.

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