Patients who were implanted with the Artelon CMC Spacer, a thumb spacer implant use to treat early and mid-stage osteoarthritis.
Reportedly, the Artelon CMC Spacer problems can cause shooting or burning pain, inflammation, swelling, a misshapen thumb, a limited range of motion in the hand, and bone loss and deterioration. In some cases, patients needed revision surgery to remove the Artelon CMC Spacer, while others required immediate secondary surgery after the device broke apart while in their hand.
The Artelon CMC Spacer is a thumb joint implant used to treat early and mid-stage osteoarthritis that occurs in the carpometacarpal thumb joint.
Type of Lawsuit
The FDA has received numerous complaints of Artelon Spacer issues from patients implanted with the CMC device, which is a thumb spacer implant used to treat early and mid-stage osteoarthritis. Reportedly, reduced mobility, pain, inflammation and redness have been reported to the agency as potential Artelon Spacer issues in patients experiencing an adverse reaction to the implant. In some cases, Artelon Spacer problems have reportedly resulted in bone loss and deterioration, requiring revision surgery and/or removal of the device.
Artelon Spacer Problems
The Artelon CMC Spacer is an implant used in patients who are suffering from osteoarthritis, a condition which causes the cartilage to break down until the thumb joint can no longer provide cushioning for the bones. The device was designed to act as a substitute cushion; however, it has been reported that patients may develop a foreign-body tissue reaction to the device, marked by the following Artelon spacer problems:
Shooting or burning pain
Limited range of motion in the hand
Some patients who have experienced these Artelon spacer problems have reportedly needed revision surgery to remove the device. Additionally, it has been reported that immediate secondary surgery has been needed after issues caused the device to break apart in the hand of some patients. In these cases, additional procedures were needed to extract tendons from other areas of the body, such as the arm, to repair the thumb joint.
Lawyers for Artelon Spacer Issues
Patients suffering from Artelon spacer issues may experience severe pain, require costly revision surgeries and need time away from work, placing a heavy physical and financial toll on the individual. Those who elect to pursue a lawsuit, however, may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages resulting from their Artelon spacer issues.