Synthetic Cartilage Implants - Patient Information

Articular cartilage is the smooth, white tissue that lines the bony surface of joints such as the knees, toes, ankles and elbows. Its function is to provide a low friction surface enabling the joint to withstand weight bearing through the range of motion needed to perform activities of daily living as well as athletic endeavours. Those daily activities include walking, stair climbing and work-related activities. In other words, articular cartilage is a very thin shock absorber.

Articular cartilage injuries can occur as a result of athletic activity, traumatic injury or daily wear and tear. Unlike bone and other connective tissue types, articular cartilage has no direct blood supply, thus it has little or no ability to repair or regenerate itself. Left untreated, cartilage damage can progressively worsen and lead to chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. Injured, inflamed or damaged cartilage can cause symptoms such as stiffness, decreased range of motion, joint pain and swelling.

Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is a revolutionary technology that was developed for patients that have not responded well to conservative medical treatments or are unwilling or unable to accept the lifestyle modifications required for certain procedures. Learn how Cartiva SCI may help your knee, toe or hand pain.

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  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Knee
  • Testimonials

Patient Information - Foot

Cartiva SCI is a medical device that is intended to improve pain and function in patients with osteoarthritic joints. The most common site in the foot is at the base of the big toe. This joint, called the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joint is subjected to a great deal of stress and bending with each of the thousands of steps we take each day. This condition is also known as hallux rigidus or hallus limitus and is a chronic and incurable condition.

Because osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, motion becomes increasingly limited, making walking or even standing difficult and painful. With limited motion, the big toe will not propel the body forward and other joints of the body will need to compensate, putting more strain through the rest of the foot and lower extremity. Over time, the decrease in motion will lend to jamming of the joint. As the joint undergoes constant trauma in this way, the bone becomes stimulated and extra bone growth known as bone spurs occur over the top of the joint worsening the condition.

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Patient Information - Hand

Osteoarthritis is a deliberating disease that causes pain, swelling, instability, deformity, loss of motion and weakness making everyday life very difficult.

Just imagine not being able to open a tin, peel or chop vegetables, dry yourself, pick up a cup of tea. These are everyday activities that we take for granted.

Cartiva® SCI is a revolutionary implant that has been designed to replace the damaged cartilage surface and has been used to provide pain relief and improve joint function in patients suffering from basal thumb arthritis.

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Patient Information - Knee

Knee pain is all too common in men and woman of all ages. It is thought that at least 4 million adults in the UK suffer from knee pain with more than 90,000 knee replacements and with 300,000 knee arthroscopies in the UK considerable efforts are in place to treat these conditions.

Physicians have known for over 250 years that articular cartilage damage is a troublesome thing and once destroyed, it is not repaired. Chondral and osteochondral lesions continue to present ongoing challenges for knee surgeons.

Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI) is a revolutionary implant thet is designed to replace the damaged cartilage surface.

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Patient Testimonials

Read testimonials from patients whose arthritic pain has been treated with Synthetic Cartilage Implants...

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