What is it?
The Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant is a man-made synthetic implant that is used to replace damaged cartilage surface of the big toe. The Cartiva SCI is intended to treat painful arthritis in the joint of the big toe. This arthritis of the big toe, also known as Osteoarthritis, involves the wearing down of the cartilage tissue located on the big toe joint. The worn down cartilage can cause pain. The Cartiva SCI is a long-term treatment for your big toe joint.
How Does The Cartiva SCI treat OA of the Big Toe?
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.
The doctor will make a small cut in the skin over the top of your big toe joint. Then the doctor will use special tools to remove bone to make a hole for the implant. Your doctor will then place the Cartvia SCI into the hole. The Cartiva SCI stays in place without the use of cement or glue. Then, your doctor will close the cut in your toe with stitches. You may begin putting weight on your toe as soon as you feel ready. You should begin exercises that move your joint immediately following surgery. You may need the help of a physical therapist to help you walk smoothly and without limping during your recovery.