Alloderm Breast Reconstruction
Recently, plastic surgeons have been using a new breakthrough product called Alloderm™. Alloderm™ is essentially skin processed from cadavers (sounds gross, I know), but the tissue is eradiated so there is virtually no risk of the patient rejecting the new “skin.” Currently, it is being used mainly for breast reconstruction.
“But if this Alloderm™ is so great, can’t my surgeon use this on hernia repair?” The short answer is yes, but it doesn’t work as well as one would think. Why? Because being a skin product, it will stretch just like skin does. When this happens in the abdomen, such as with a hernia, the skin will stretch, and the hernia will just come back through the skin again, and you’re back where you started. That isn’t ideal.