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Victim: “Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Not the Only Stryker with Defects”

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Newton, MABecause Bill was young (age 50) and athletic, his surgeon implanted a Stryker Cormet resurfacing hip replacement rather than a Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement. But the Cormet failed Bill, and like thousands of Rejuvenate victims, he too wound up with revision surgery.

Bill regrets that he didn’t research the Cormet before having surgery. He would have discovered that the Cormet and the Rejuvenate are both metal-on-metal hip replacements and they both fail at a much higher rate than normal. In Bill’s case the failure rate was five years. He was promised 25-30 years. And both implants have similar side effects: Pain, swelling and metal poisoning.

“This partial hip implant was always painful but I carried on with it for five years - by 2012, I couldn’t take it anymore,” says Bill, who has undergone several back surgeries and considers himself “pretty tough.” The Stryker Cormet was always a problem: Bill never had the mobility he was promised, and as time went on, balance became a serious issue.

“My surgeon led me to believe that having this kind of partial hip replacement was like getting your tonsils out,” says Bill, laughing. “Instead I wound up in rehab for almost four weeks right after surgery. Later my blood tests showed screamingly high chromium and cobalt levels, and the scary part is that nobody knows what will happen down the road.”

Bill decided to get a second opinion (he wasn’t happy with his first surgeon) but it wasn’t easy. Bill was referred to a third surgeon at Mass. General Hospital who only does revision surgeries - and he is busy.

“This orthopedic surgeon just cleans up the metal-on-metal hip replacement mess,” adds Bill. “Thank god I was able to see him, but he told me that I have to be careful for the rest of my life because so much damage has been done. He said that the metal parts had rubbed so much it was eating away at the socket and there were pockets of fluid around the unit itself - no doubt toxic as well.

When this surgeon explained that many of these Stryker hip replacements are defective and can cause metallosis - among other adverse side effects - I felt violated. You put your trust in surgeons and the FDA for approving these devices so they must be OK. Wrong!”

The Cormet was approved by the FDA in 2007 through the 501k pre-market approval process. This process allows a company to obtain approval without submitting a device to clinical trials, reasoning that it is similar to a device already on the market. In July 2011, Stryker Orthopaedics, which distributes the Cormet hip replacement, announced it would cease distribution of the Cormet hip resurfacing system because it “no longer fits within Stryker’s long-term product strategy.”

“I have never been a fan of litigation and I’ve never sued anyone in my life but this is something else,” says Bill. “I have spent so much time in rehab and I’m still in physical therapy. I want Stryker to own up to their mistake. I know thousands and thousands of hip replacement lawsuits have been filed against Stryker and other medical device companies; some people are getting multimillion-dollar hip replacement settlements, but I would be happy to get $50 and an apology because this has become a moral thing. I could use the money but right is right.

“My life has changed so much. Before this Cormet I was athletic and ran every day. Now I can walk my dogs gingerly around the block but that’s about all I can do. The therapist at rehab said I have to be careful even getting into my car because there is a chance that I can pop my hip at any time. And the revision leg is longer than the other so I wear a lift in one shoe but it puts me a bit off-balance and it really hurts my lower back. I have to be mindful of this replacement hip all the time.

“Just yesterday I saw that Stryker hit its all-time stock high but they can’t pay people injured by their product? I can’t see how you can injure that many people and get away with it. So bring on the lawsuits and I hope more people with defective hips and knees file - there is strength in numbers.”


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I had two of the Corwin Cormet units replaced and they were poisoning me to death and had to go into emergency bilateral surgery to replace them. They ruined my life and marriage as I didn't sleep for literally years on end due to the constant burning and pain esp at night.

Long short I have talked to 25 attorneys at least and my understanding is they have a Pre-emptive protection clause which in short means they are untouchable and even if it were later vetted they lied on the application with false data..even knowingly the certification/protection is irrevocable. The issues are the exact same as the Rejuvi as they are the same material etc.

I would looooooove to get paid for my pain and suffering that continues to this day but alas ... we with the CC unit are without redress.

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Change the name to Sue and you have my story too. The pain continues after two years of having it removed.

Why aren't lawyers able to go after them for us? Because of the pre-approval? Pre-approval to screw up people's lives?

If there is a lawyer out there taking these on, contact me please! I have the removed MoM device and refused to send it to them when they asked for it! Ya, right, hide the problem.

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Change the name to Jack and you have my story, right down to Newton for the Cormet and Mass General for the revision specialist. I am struck by the fact that everyone in the chain gets what they wanted except for the people who paid the money and have to live with the problem. Stryker was paid, so was the hospital and the doctors.

I will say that my understanding is that Cormet got PMA approval and did not go through the accelerated approval process, making them exempt from liability. If this is not the case i would love to hear about it.


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