Lifecell Strattice Mesh Lawsuit
LifeCell introduced AlloDerm back in the early 1990s and marketed it for use in dental surgery, reconstructive surgery, and skin grafts for burn injury patients. A few years later, the manufacture started marketing their products to promote the use for hernia mesh repair surgery’s and abdominal reconstruction. After the product hit the market for hernia repair, many patients reported adverse reactions such as the product stretched, expanded, sagged and even thinned out after implantation. These serious, life threatening complications is a result of carelessness and unethical decision making on behalf of Lifecell. With the development of implantable meshes, hernia repair surgery was revolutionized forever. Instead of simply pulling together tissue, mesh was used to bridge the opening. The benefits of such surgery, however, certainly came with risks.
If you have or someone you love has been harmed by LifeCell or some other defective medical device, you should file a MAUDE Adverse Event Report as soon as possible, or call our office today for help and guidance through the process. Consultations are always free and our expert lawyers are here to help. Our team of attorneys can help you no matter what state you live in, including California, Colorado, New York and Arizona.
Like any medical device placed inside the body, the potential for complication rises, and when these devices don’t function the way they are supposed to, they can make matters much, much worse.
Side effects of a defective Lifecell Strattice device:
- Pain and swelling in the abdomen
- Bruising and swelling
- Abscesses and infections
- Perforation or erosion of the hernia
- Mesh tear
- Organ and nerve damage
Mesh is a foreign substance, and the body will recognize it as such. When it degrades, breaks off, moves from the implant site, or becomes hard and sharp, it can certainly act as an internal weapon of destruction, and will require an additional surgery to remove from the body as it isn’t doing what it is intended to do. These hernia mesh injuries harm your body and contain high amounts of toxicity that if left untreated, could result in death.
Strattice is a surgical mesh used for surgical repair of damaged or ruptured tissue. It is derived from porcine (pig) skin and is designed to act as a surgical mesh for soft tissue repair. Strattice is marketed as being strong, biocompatible, and easily incorporated into the recipient’s own tissue. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
In 2011, LifeCell Strattice was issued a Class II Device Recall for its Reconstructive Tissue Matrix for Stoma Reinforcement. LifeCell has also been issued Warning Letters for other products it manufactures (AlloDerm).