Parilman & Associates – Alloderm Side Effects Lawyers
The world of medical science has made remarkable gains in recent years. Doctors can now repair parts of the body that were doomed to permanent damage in years past, and these new techniques are providing relief to many different conditions. When people have hernias, they can now have that area of the body reconstructed. When people experience a tear in their abdominal wall, that wall can be rebuilt. When people have mastectomies, their breasts can be repaired. None of this was completely possible as it is approached today even 20 years ago.
When people have these types of reconstructions done, there are certain steps and products that need to be taken and used. One such product is tissue. Given the demand for tissue for these types of procedures, companies began to formulate products that provided immediate tissue grafts for surgeons. One of the leading companies in this market was LifeCell, which is a subsidiary of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. LifeCell provided these tissue grafts to hospitals so that people’s injuries could be healed, and this tissue was generally taken from cadavers. While these tissue samples were regulated by the FDA, it wasn’t long before serious problems began to arise and many people alleged that these problems were the result of using AlloDerm tissue grafts.
Specifically, allegations of AlloDerm side effects eventually began to arise, and many of these side effects were extremely dangerous. Examples of them included:
- Disease transmission – Some tissue that is used in patients can be tainted. While the company did not guarantee the tissue to be free from disease, it did promote a thorough screening process.
- Dehiscence – Dehiscence is a little-known but terrible condition whereby an organ or tissues basically split open and expose the interior of the body.
- Seroma – Seroma is another condition that many people are not aware of, but it involves the gathering of fluid in a pocket that forms near a surgical area.
- Graft rejection – Some patients’ skin tissue did not accept the new graft, and the body rejected the product altogether.
There were other alleged AlloDerm side effects that arose, but those mentioned above represent the most serious and the most dangerous. Anyone who has had an AlloDerm tissue graft used on any surgical procedure should keep a close eye on that surgical area and they should monitor their overall health states closely. Anyone who experiences any type of potential symptom of a side effect needs to take no chances and to make sure that they obtain a full medical evaluation before more serious problems arise.
If you or someone you love discovers that you have developed a side effect as a result of trusting this product, you also need to be sure to take steps to fully evaluate your legal rights and options. You could have a strong legal claim against the manufacturer that if properly pursued could lead to the recovery of compensation. Contact the AlloDerm side effects lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.