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Artelon CMC Spacer

Patients with Thumb Base Osteoarthritis

The Artelon CMC Spacer was developed for patients with thumb base osteoarthritis, which is characterized by the deterioration of cartilage between the bones. The device is surgically inserted between the bones in the hand to provide cushioning for the joint that would have normally come from the cartilage.

The Artelon CMC Spacer was developed by Artimplant AB and marketed by Small Bone Innovations, Inc. Since its approval in 2007, the FDA has received several reports of the device breaking or deteriorating inside the hand, leading to serious injuries requiring additional surgery.


  • Burning pain
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Bone loss
  • Misshapen thumb
  • Limited range of motion in the hand
  • Additional procedures requiring the surgical removal of tendons from other areas of the body, such as the arm, to fully repair the thumb joint.


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