First Post-FDA Approved Stryker Cormet™ Hip Resurfacing Procedure
By Walter Eisner November 7, 2007
Orville Todd is the first person in the U.S. to undergo Stryker’s Cormet Hip
Resurfacing procedure since the FDA approved the procedure last summer.
The procedure was performed by Richard A. Conn, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with
Southern Bone & Joint Specialists in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Todd, 60, said, “I had hip pain for about five years, and it just kept getting
worse. Finally it got to the point where I couldn’t stand it anymore. It made my
job difficult—the longer the day went, the more I’d hurt." Since the surgery,
Todd says, "I can do most anything now. Knowing what I know now, I would have
gone in for this three years ago. It seems like it’s going to be a long-term
solution for me."
Hip resurfacing gives the more than 43 million Americans suffering from
arthritis an alternative to total hip replacement.
Since performing the first procedure with the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System, Dr.
Conn has used the system on an additional 10 patients. “Our patients’ results
have been really strong, which makes for very satisfied patients and a very
pleased physician,” said Conn. Dr. Conn trained with the surgeons who designed
the Cormet Hip Resurfacing System in England, and he is a member of the
surgeon-training group for the Cormet Hip, having trained more than 40
physicians from across the country on how to select the appropriate patient for
this procedure and how to perform the procedure.
Stryker is the first company to give Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Hip™
Resurfacing System some competition in the U.S. marketplace. The other hip
device manufacturers are also in the process of trying to get their own
resurfacing systems through the FDA approval process.
Dr. Conn’s website states that he is compensated as a consultant for Stryker
Corp. for the following areas:
Involvement in the design and development of a new partial knee replacement.
Participation in the training of orthopedic surgeons throughout the country for
the Stryker Cormet Hip Resurfacing System.
Development of operating room efficiencies for surgeons and hospitals.