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frequently asked questions
The implant is composed of a biocompatible, durable, slippery organic polymer that functions similarly to natural cartilage.
CARTIVA® SCI is used for the treatment of painful arthritis in the joint of the big toe. This arthritis involves the wearing down of the cartilage tissue in the big toe joint.
Only your surgeon can determine if CARTIVA® SCI is right for you and your unique circumstances. However, if you suffer from osteoarthritis in your big toe and want to pursue a solution that will preserve your foot’s mobility, you may be a great candidate for CARTIVA® SCI.
CARTIVA® SCI is used in a surgical procedure that is performed in an operating room using general anesthesia, often combined with a regional ankle anesthetic. An incision (approximately 2 inches long) is made along the top of your toe joint. Then, your surgeon will use special tools to remove bone to make a hole for the implant. Your surgeon will then place the CARTIVA® SCI into the hole. The CARTIVA® SCI implant provides a smooth, slippery, load-bearing surface. The CARTIVA® SCI stays in place without the use of cement or glue. Then, your surgeon will close the cut in your toe with stitches. The entire surgery typically takes 35 minutes.
CARTIVA® SCI patients experience a clinically meaningful reduction in pain two weeks following surgery with the maximum amount of pain reduction starting at six months and beyond.
CARTIVA® SCI patients return to activities of daily living faster than patients who undergo a fusion procedure, due to a less restrictive rehabilitation protocol.
Ideally, a lifetime. Should the implant need to be removed or replaced, its use does not prevent the use of a fusion.
Many insurance providers cover the procedure, but you should check with your insurer to confirm coverage of CARTIVA® SCI prior to surgery.
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