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Cormet Hip Resurfacing System Risks

Washington, DC: Stryker Orthopaedics, the company that distributes the Corin Group's Cormet Hip Resurfacing System in the US, said in July that it will no longer be distributing the product as "distribution of a hip resurfacing device no longer fits within Stryker's long-term product strategy."

The Cormet Hip Resurfacing System was approved by the FDA in 2007. The system uses metal on metal, a strategy that has proven problematic for patients since coming to market. The system caps the femoral head with a metal head, which is then fitted into a metal cup placed within the hip socket.

While the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System is designed to mimic the functions of the biologic hip, and works in the same way, friction caused by the two metal surfaces rubbing against each other poses risk for cobalt poisoning, metallosis, and flaking. If metal debris is generated from the rubbing of the false joint, it puts the entire hip replacement at risk and can cause loosening, dislocation and risk for fracture.

Hip resurfacing was introduced in the late 1990s as an alternative to the more conventional total hip replacement. It is mainly designed for middle-aged patients who are physically active and expected to outlive the l 15-20 year lifespan of a full hip replacement. However, a British study by The Royal College of Surgeons (September 2008) found about 4 percent of the 2,360 women who underwent resurfacing in England had to have a second operation to repair the same hip within three years. Those women who received traditional hip replacements had a re-operation rate of less than 1.6 percent. Hip replacement lawyers predict that hundreds or even thousands of patients are now facing hip revision surgery, or multiple revision surgeries.

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Published on Sep-8-11


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I had a Cormet hip operation June 2002 at age 62. I have had no problems to date. I hope my annual reviews and check-ups have been of some use.

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I had a stryker hip resurfacing surgery on my left hip on 02/04/2008. In 2015 my doctor started testing my chromium and cobalt blood levels. They went up to the high levels this year. I also started having the sensation that my implant was getting loose and clicking.I was experiencing pain and discomfort. My doctor ordered an MRI which confirmed that I needed to have revision surgery. I had my left hip revision on 10/05/17. Photos were taken of the implant and femor head showing significant metalosis.

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Gregory Dugay, is it possible you can find me on Facebook? I am under Carla Marie. I have the Cormet and received it September 2011. I do not know too many people that have this debilitating, life sucking hip!

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My surgeon recommended the Cormet Resurfacing to me in Oct 2011, ... the month after Stryker stopped carrying it. Naturally he didn't discuss any of these concerns with me and the only reason that I know the name of the system that I have is because I badgered him for it repeatedly.
Then he neglected to sew my gluteus medius back to it's attachment at the hip so it formed a little ball of pain down near my trochanter. When I went to see him about it, he said that it was normal!
I'm struggling to decide who is more negligent, ... Corin Co. or my surgeon, Rick Gehlert at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. We leads me to think that the deeper is that Capitalism simply brings the worst out in people.

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In May of 2008 my doctor recommended replacing my hip with a metal on metal hip resurfacing unit and I agreed as he told me it would last longer and was the best option for my young age of 50. Within months I started experiencing pain and an odd 'grabbing' sensation in the hip and buttocks area.

In April of 2011, after many injections into the hip and an MRI that showed "atrophy" of the muscles surrounding the area, I decided to seek a second opinion. The new doctor listened to my symptoms and told me that I needed to have the MoM hip removed as it was causing the issue, which I agreed.

I continue to live in pain due to the damage caused by the metal and have been declined by a dozen or so lawyers because this product had 'pre-market approval'. I need someone to help me find a lawyer who is willing to take on this case as I am not the only person who has suffered from this product and we should have rights even though the FDA gave it the thumbs up!


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