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Does Medicare Cover Cartiva Implants?

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By Daniel Petkevich
Nov 29, 2022

Not yet, but there might be alternative treatments

A Cartiva implant is an intriguing option for many seeking relief from joint pain. However, the long-term effects are still being studied and have yet to be established. As a result, Medicare does not offer coverage for this procedure.

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What is the Cartiva implant?

The Cartiva implant is an innovative, breakthrough technology for treating painful osteoarthritis in joints. It’s an artificial cartilage implant that replaces the worn-out natural cartilage and helps reduce pain and swelling, and restore a normal range of motion.

How does the Cartiva implant work?

The Cartiva implant is made up of a biocompatible material that closely mimics natural cartilage. It’s inserted into the joint through a minimally invasive procedure, and it helps to restore normal joint function. The implant provides cushioning to the joint and supports weight-bearing activities.

Does Medicare cover the Cartiva implant?

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of the Cartiva implant. The Cartiva implant is still considered experimental, and there is not sufficient evidence to support Medicare’s coverage for the implant. We will keep you updated if there are any changes to the coverage determination. That said, your doctor may be able to recommend alternate treatments.

What are the benefits of the Cartiva implant?

The Cartiva implant has been clinically proven to reduce pain and swelling, and restore a full range of motion. In addition, the implant is designed to last 15-20 years, making it a more cost-effective treatment than surgery. The implant is biocompatible and very safe.

How much does the Cartiva implant cost?

The cost of the Cartiva implant varies, depending on the location and size of the implant. On average, the cost is around $5,000. However, your doctor may be able to recommend alternative treatments that could reduce the cost of treatment.

Are there any side effects of the Cartiva implant?

The Cartiva implant is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, there are some potential side effects to consider, including infection, tissue damage, and joint stiffness. It’s important to discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing the procedure.

Who is a good candidate for the Cartiva implant?

The Cartiva implant is ideal for patients who have moderate to severe osteoarthritis and are looking for a more long-term solution than surgery. The implant is not recommended for patients who have an active infection or advanced stages of arthritis.

Takeaway

Overall, the Cartiva implant is an innovative, breakthrough technology for treating painful osteoarthritis in joints. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of this procedure. The cost of the Cartiva implant varies, depending on the location and size of the implant. Before seeking treatment for your joint pain, talk with your doctor. This content is for informational purposes only. Fair Square Medicare is the resource for all your Medicare-related questions. Call us today.

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