Our Florida laywers are currently investigating complaints relating to the failures of the Artelon CMC Spacer device. The Artelon spacer is intended to treat early and mid-stage osteoarthritis which occurs in the carpometacarpal thumb joint. The Artelon CMC Spacer was approved by the FDA in 2007 and was used as a substitute cushion after osteoarthritis caused the cartilage to breakdown and the thumb joint could no longer provide natural cushioning for the bones.
The device was implanted through an outpatient surgical procedure where doctors would place T-shaped plastic gauze near the base of the thumb at the wrist joint. The spacer would go between the trapezium bone and the first metacarpal bone to provide cushioning.
Failure of the Artelon CMC Spacer
The Spacer was developed by Artimplant AB and marketed by Small Bone Innovations, Inc. Both claim that the spacer is biocompatible and degradable and offer joint stability, faster recovery, and less pain.
However, recent medical studies have shown that the Artelon CMC Spacer is failing at a high rate. Numerous adverse event reports related to the defective Artelon CMC Spacers have been received by the FDA.
Patients may need to undergo painful revision surgeries to have the defective Spacer removed. Some patients even reported that the device breaks apart while in the hand, requiring immediate surgical intervention. The additional surgical procedures require the removal of tendons from other areas of the body to repair the thumb joint.
Symptoms related to the defective Artelon CMC Spacer include:
- Shooting or burning pain
- Limited range of motion with the hand
- Misshapen thumb
Contact a Florida Artelon CMS Spacer Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured by the use of an Artelon CMC Spacer, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Bernheim and Dolinsky, LLC today at 1-800-474-4089 or online to discuss the particular facts of your potential case. Our experienced defective medical device attorneys will discuss your potential case and explain what we can do for you.
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