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Victims that have had a Cartiva® implant and have been diagnosed with a serious medical injury can finally get compensation and justice in a court of law

Victims that have had a Cartiva® implant and have been diagnosed with a serious medical injury can finally get compensation and justice in a court of law

Anyone developing one or more of the following medical diagnoses after having a Cartiva® implant are encouraged to ask for a free, private case evaluation:

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

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Cartiva® implant device details: The background and development of a hazardous 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®.

With almost the same size and shape of a mini-marshmallow, the Cartiva® implant is made from saline solution and polyvinyl alcohol -- the same material as in soft contact lenses.

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.

The Cartiva® implant is composed of a biocompatible, durable, low-friction organic polymer designed to function similarly to natural cartilage, and it can be implanted in about 35 minutes–plus, the material compresses and expands much like real cartilage.

Cartiva® implant device dangers: What makes this a potentially dangerous medical implant device


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 conditions make the Cartiva® medical implant an eventual danger to patients:

  • Smooth implant surface. The Cartiva® implant is made of an inert substance that shows very little reactivity in the body–so, because the implant is very smooth on all surfaces, it creates a functional flaw in the design that may lead to serious injury post-operation.
  • Violation of the subchondral plate. The loss of the subchondral plate support with no alternative means of support places the Cartiva® Implant into the soft metaphyseal bone and is prone to impaction failure.
  • Lack of osseointegration. Osseointegration, or ingrowth of bone into the implant is described as an essential aspect of implant stability.
  • Placement in bone too soft for support. The supporting bone is too weak to provide meaningful, long-term support 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 Direct Case Justice team believes that patients that received a Cartiva® implant and then suffered a serious medical injury diagnosis should be able to seek justice and compensation from the manufacturer in a court of law.

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