Synthetic Cartilage Implant
The Cartiva SCI is made to replace the damaged cartilage surface of the big toe. The implant is placed into the bone in your big toe. The Cartiva SCI provides a new smooth, slippery surface in the joint. As a result, the Cartiva SCI may help relieve the pain and stiffness in your big toe caused by the worn cartilage.
Cartiva® is backed by the largest and longest comprehensive study ever conducted for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the big toe joint.
Faq – Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cartiva made of?
The implant is composed of a biocompatible, durable, slippery organic polymer that functions similarly to natural cartilage.
What is Cartiva used to treat?
Cartiva treats painful arthritis in the joint of the big toe. This arthritis involves the wearing down of the cartilage tissue in the big toe joint.
Is Cartiva right for me?
Only your surgeon can determine if Cartiva 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 not inhibit your foot’s motion, you may be a great candidate for Cartiva.
What is the procedure for Cartiva?
Cartiva 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 into the hole. The Cartiva implant provides a smooth, slippery, load-bearing surface. The Cartiva 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.
How long does recovery take?
Cartiva 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 patients return to activities of daily living faster than patients who undergo a fusion procedure, due to a less restrictive rehabilitation protocol.
How long will Cartiva last?
Ideally, a lifetime. Should the implant need to be removed or replaced, its use does not prevent the use of a fusion.
Is the Cartiva procedure covered by insurance?
Many insurance providers cover the procedure, but you should check with your insurer to confirm coverage of Cartiva prior to surgery.