bone growth stimulator

Has anyone used a bone growth stimulator? if so, did it work? I have been told it will cost me approximately $770.00. I don’t want to spend the money if it doesn’t work

7 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    I used an ultrasonic BGS for extensive foot and ankle reconstruction surgery with multiple hardware elements including a ” tibia nail” (from bottom of foot through tibia). My healing process was almost miraculous with never any pain and wait bearing after 12 weeks. My insurance was limited to $2500 for DME and they wrote off the balnce of $1500.

  2. Foot-com

    Turns out I have a vitamin d deficiency which is keeping me from healing as fast as I should.

  3. Foot-com

    Thank you for your follow up question. Your insurance should cover it after a certain period when the fracture is considered a delayed union. Every insurance plan is slightly different on the terms of delayed union and you should be able to determine this time period. If you have not had an MRI done yet then I would recommend having one done at this point to see the progress of your fracture healing. I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  4. Foot-com

    I wore a cam boot for approximately 4 weeks. Then I was taken out of it. 2 weeks later, I was back in the boot and have been in it for 5 weeks. Still have pain in the site of the fracture (3rd metatarsal) when that area is pressed.

    I am now being told that my insurance won’t pay for the bone growth stimulator and it will cost me $3150.00.

  5. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Depending on the type of fracture or surgery and any possible co-morbidity (diabetes, vascular disease) a bone stimulator can be quite beneficial. There are primarily two types of bone stimulators on the market – ultrasound and electric – each requiring slightly different duration of use.

    To get the best results you will have to use it as directed – which may be up to 8+ hours a day. If you are able to provide additional information on your case I would be able to determine if I would also recommend a bone stimulator.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

  6. Joel S Teig, DMD

    My wife is a type I diabetic who sustained a chronic fracture of the lateral hallux sesamoid with fragmentation and diastases. There now a recent development of a partial thickness tear of the third MTP plantar plate with marrow edema. The MRI shows interval healing and scarring of the second MTP.

    the podiatrists are not sure what to do. Do you think a bone stimulator might be beneficial? An if so an electric or ultrasound. We are not getting answers. I might have to bring her to you or if you know of someone in the New York City or Long Island area you could recommend I would appreciate. My wife is so frustrated and sore.

    Thank you in advance.

  7. galina khodik-oxnard

    I’m 8 weeks into a delayed union displaced tibial stress fracture and had no pain. I started using a bone stim last friday and by sunday i started having pain again to the fracture site. Is that a normal occurrence for the bone stim use? Did anyone else have a recurrence of pain after starting the bone stim? Does this mean its working and the bone is healing?

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