A man who received a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip replacement underwent surgery 5 times in 5 years to correct complications from the device. Paul Orndorff led an active lifestyle until the hip implant sidelined him at 54, eventually causing several severe complications from cobalt and chromium poisoning.
Orndorff said metal poisoning from device also led to pain in his back and groin, which caused him to get exploratory urology surgery. It also caused severe headaches and sinus issues, ultimately resulting in 5 surgeries to remove the device and save dead muscle tissue.
Orndorff participated in the Stryker lawsuit settlement, which landed him about $300,000 before fees, but he’ll be rehabilitating his hip for years to come. Stryker, which recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements in 2012, settled many of the faulty hip replacement lawsuits against the company for more than $1.4 billion.