Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Lawsuit

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of patients who have received Cartiva toe implants to treat arthritis. Cartiva implants may sink into the adjacent bone, causing implant failure, pain, and injury to the patient.

What Do We Know About Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Lawsuits?

The Cartiva implant was introduced to treat arthritis in the big toe. The synthetic implant is inserted in the great toe joint through an opening in the metatarsal head. It acts like regular cartilage and allows the patient to freely move the joint. When the Cartiva implant was introduced, it was thoroughly tested in order to receive clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. The original studies indicated that the device was successful in treating arthritis. The patients in the study who received the implant reported relief and satisfaction with the results.

While the study outcomes were positive, many physicians did not see the same results in their practices. The Cartiva implant is prone to failure when it slips into the bone, which is referred to as subsidence. Upon returning for follow-up visits, many surgeons reported that the implant sunk into the patient’s bone. The high rate of device failure has prompted surgeons to stop using the Cartiva and to warn patients about the potential for failure.

Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Injuries

When Cartiva implants fail, they can cause pain and discomfort, and may require revision surgery.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation or submit an inquiry on this page.

Cartiva Failure Linked to Defective Design

The failure of Cartiva implants may be directly linked to a faulty design mechanism that leads to the implant slipping into the bone. The exceptionally smooth surface of the implant may create a functional flaw as many implants require some irregularity in surface material. Additionally, the supporting bone may be too weak to provide adequate support for the implant. It is unclear how much force can be applied to the implant without impeding its ability to function properly. Many surgeons have warned against receiving a Cartiva toe implant as these defects have not been addressed or remedied by the manufacturer.