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Victims diagnosed with a serious medical condition after having a Cartiva® implant can finally receive justice and compensation

Victims diagnosed with a serious medical condition after having a Cartiva® implant can finally receive justice and compensation

Anyone diagnosed with any of the following medical conditions caused by a Cartiva® implant are encouraged to get a free, private case evaluation:

  • joint irritation
  • fibrosis
  • joint instability, joint malalignment
  • revision or conversion to fusion
  • allergic reaction to polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)
  • progressive osteoarthritis (OA)
  • incorrect implant placement
  • damage to adjacent or surrounding tissues
  • periarticular cyst
  • bone cyst, bone loss
  • sesamoid bone(s) irritation, sesamoid bone(s) fracture
  • implant fracture, implant loosening, implant dislocation implant dislodgement, implant subsidence
  • infection
  • inflammation, pain, swelling
  • effusion
  • metatarsal bone fracture
  • osteonecrosis
  • avascular necrosis


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Cartiva® implant detail: The background and development of a potentially dangerous medical device


The FDA approved the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) in July 2016 for treating mid-stage to advanced arthritis at the base of the great toe–and then in 2018, Wright Medical paid a total of $435 million to acquire Cartiva®.

The Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is composed of saline solution and polyvinyl alcohol, which is the same material found in soft contact lenses–and it’s almost the exact same size and shape of a mini-marshmallow.

The Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is advertised with a variety of benefits that include:

  • A reduction of overall joint pain without sacrificing the foot's natural movement;
  • The retention of the patient's complete mobility and range of motion; also,
  • A patient might possibly return to normal activities faster because of a less restrictive rehab protocol.

Composed of a biocompatible, durable, low-friction organic polymer, the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is designed to function much in the same way that natural cartilage does because it compresses and expands very similarly to real cartilage.

Plus, the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) can be implanted in about 35 minutes.

Cartiva® implant danger: Why this is a dangerous medical device and an injury waiting to happen


The Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant’s (SCI) pivotal trial demonstrated much higher pain scores, as well as a case series with obvious mixed results and a great deal of online complaints from dissatisfied implant patients.

The following characteristics make the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) a potential danger to patients after surgery:

  • Smooth implant surface. Because the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is very smooth on all surfaces, there exists a functional flaw in the implant design with the potential to lead to serious injuries post-operation.
  • Subchondral plate violation. Without subchondral plate support and with no alternative means of support, the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) must be fixed into the soft metaphyseal bone–this could make it prone to impaction failure.
  • Little to no osseointegration. Ingrowth of bone into the implant is required as an essential aspect of implant stability–the absence of which is detrimental to surgical success and life after implant.
  • Placement in soft bone offers little support. Implant of the Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) into the supporting bone makes the entire structure too weak to provide the meaningful, long-term support required to resist the load applied to the implant.

“While some of the patients are satisfied with Cartiva®, a majority are dissatisfied with many citing pain that lasts longer than they expected," explains Mike Matson, a medtech analyst at Needham & Co.

The Consumer Justice Action team believes that patients that received a Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) and then was diagnosed with a serious medical injury should be able to seek justice and compensation from the manufacturer in a court of law.

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