Have you experienced complications from an Artelon® CMC Spacer? Our firm is investigating complaints of serious injuries related to this thumb joint implant. In many cases, recipients of the Artelon® CMC Spacer have had to undergo additional painful surgeries because of such complications.If you or a loved one were implanted with an Artelon® CMC Spacer and have experienced pain, swelling, redness, limited range of motion, or other problems with your hand and/or thumb, the device may have failed. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our Artelon® CMC Spacer lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits and legal claims related to this device. We are providing free consultations to victims of Artelon® CMC Spacer failures. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
Artelon® CMC Spacer Complications
The Artelon® CMC Spacer, developed by Artimplant AB and marketed by Small Bone Innovations, Inc., was approved for sale in the U.S. 2007. The device is used to treat individuals suffering from early to mid stage osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint of the thumb. Osteoarthritis of the thumb joint is caused by the breakdown and loss of cartilage in the joints.
The Artelon® CMC Spacer is meant to provide cushioning for the joint that would normally have come from the cartilage. During outpatient hand surgery, the Artelon® CMC Spacer is implanted near the base of the thumb, in the first carpometacarpal joint near the wrist joint. It serves as an interpositional spacer between the trapezium bone and the first metacarpal bone.
A t-shaped piece of plastic gauze, the Artelon® CMC Spacer is reported to be biocompatible and degradable. Use of the device allows surgeons to avoid violation of the joint capsule, offering advantages such as maintenance of joint stability, faster recovery and less pain.
Unfortunately, in the three years it has been on the market, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received a number of adverse event reports related to the Artelon® CMC Spacer. Some of these reports involve an inflammatory response and swelling with bone loss. When this occurs, removal of the failed implant is often necessary.
In other cases, recipients have reported that the Artelon® CMC Spacer breaks apart in the hand, again requiring additional surgeries. These additional procedures may require the surgical removal of tendons from other areas of the body, such as the arm, to fully repair the thumb joint. In some cases, the thumbs of patients have become visibly misshapen following implantation of the Artelon® CMC Spacer.
Legal Help for Victims of the Artelon® CMC Spacer
Our Artelon® CMC Spacer lawyers are aggressively investigating complications related to this device. If you or a loved one has experienced pain, inflammation, limited range of motion, redness near the implant, or your thumb has become misshapen, we want to hear from you. If you have suffered any of these side effects, especially if they have caused you to endure additional surgeries, you may be eligible to file an Artelon® CMC Spacer lawsuit.
We are offering a free lawsuit consultation to anyone who has suffered complications following implantation of the Artelon® CMC Spacer. Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.