Artimplant Artelon CMC Spacer Lawyers

Artelon CMC Spacer lawyers at the firm of Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, L.L.C. are currently interviewing potential clients nationwide who have suffered pain, injury, or additional surgery after being implanted with this potentially dangerous medical device.  The Artimplant Artelon CMC Spacer is a small medical device that is implanted into the thumb joint to help people who suffer from osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, the Artelon Spacer has been shown to cause a number of disturbing side effects which could cause pain, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and even additional surgery.  If you or a loved one has been harmed by an Artelon CMC Spacer, lawyers at our firm may be able to help you pursue substantial compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  We are currently offering free, no-obligation legal consultations to victims of the Artelon CMC Spacer, and we never charge our clients a penny unless their case is successful.  We encourage you to contact us to learn more about your potential right to compensation in a medical product liability lawsuit.

What is the Artelon CMC Spacer?

Developed by Artimplant AB and marketed by Small Bone Innovations, the Artelon CMC Spacer was approved for use in the United States in 2007.  The Artelon CMC Spacer, a small, T-shaped piece of gauze, is implanted near the base of the thumb during outpatient surgery for patients who suffer from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint of the thumb.  When a person has osteoarthritis, cartilage in affected joints begins to break down.  Because cartilage acts as a cushion for this thumb joint, the loss of this cartilage can be painful and debilitating.

The Artelon CMC Spacer is partially composed of biodegradable materials, which should dissolve in the patient’s body over the course of six years.  Essentially, the Artelon Spacer is meant to act as “scaffolding” to support the joint while the patient’s own tissue is regenerated.  The device allows surgeons to maintain joint stability without violating the joint capsule, which means faster recovery time and less pain for the patient.

Artelon Spacer Problems

Unfortunately, a number of individuals who have been implanted with the Artelon CMC Spacer have experienced some very severe side effects.  Some patients have suffered an inflammatory response to the device, which can lead to pain, swelling, and bone loss and may necessitate additional hand surgery.  In other cases, the Artelon CMC Spacer has been known to break apart in a patient’s hand.  This can lead to surgery to repair the joint, which could involve the removal of tendons from other areas of the body to repair the damaged joint.  Additionally, some patients’ thumbs have become visibly disfigured or misshapen after surgery to implant this device.

If you have experienced any of the below Artelon CMC Spacer problems, we encourage you to contact us to learn whether you are eligible to recover compensation for your injuries.

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Bone loss
  • Redness near the implant at the base of the thumb
  • Alteration in the shape of the thumb, misshapen thumb
  • Limited range of motion
  • Subsequent thumb joint surgeries

Contact an Artelon Spacer Lawyer

The Artelon Spacer attorneys at our firm have launched an investigation into the companies that make and market this device, and we have found that very little scientific research was conducted during its development.  In fact, there has only been one controlled prospective pilot study involving the Artelon CMC Spacer.  This study only evaluated 10 patients and was paid for by the industry, so researchers may have been biased.  If you or someone you love has suffered Arleton side effects, you could be entitled to significant compensation.  Contact an Artelon Spacer attorney today to learn more about your rights in a free legal consultation.