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For many patients, pain and functional improvement may require at least three months.
Patients should be informed of this timeline to set realistic expectations.3


  • The ability to bend the big toe generally returns to baseline within two weeks of CARTIVA® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) surgery and continues to improve over the next two years post-surgery.1,3
  • The average patient’s (median) sports-related foot mobility returns to baseline by week six, and then continues to improve through year two.1

What to Expect: Recovery

Big toe arthritis occurs over time, and taking the time to recover properly is important to unlocking the benefits CARTIVA® SCI can provide. Optimal recovery could take 6 to 12 months, so be sure to discuss a recovery plan with your patient.3



Patients who received the CARTIVA® SCI reported clinically significant reductions in pain from baseline (VAS, 100 point scale).1


Patients who received the CARTIVA® SCI reported improved foot and ankle function as measured by the FAAM Sport Scores from 6 weeks on.1


Continuous, sustained pain relief over time
Median reduction in pain at 5.8 years: 97%

Sports Ability
Substantial, sustained, long-term improvement in sports-related
foot mobility at 5.8 years

  1. Baumhauer JF, Singh D, Glazebrook M, et al. Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Centered Clinical Trial Assessing Safety and Efficacy of a Synthetic Cartilage Implant Versus First Metatarsophalangeal Arthrodesis in Advanced Hallux Rigidus. Foot Ankle Int. 2016;37(5):457-469.
  2. Glazebrook, M, Blundell C, O’Dowd D, et al. Midterm Outcomes of a Synthetic Cartilage Implant for the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint in Advanced Hallux Rigidus. Foot Ankle Int. 2019;40(4):374-383.
  3. Baumhauer JF, Daniels T, Glazebrook M. New Technology in the Treatment of Hallux Rigidus with a Synthetic Cartilage Implant Hemiarthroplasty. Orthopedic Clinics. 2019 Jan 1;50(1):109-18.
  4. Data on file at Wright Medical.