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Bone stim good or not good POLL :)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone ;)

I would like to hear everyone's opinions on the bone stim for bone growth after fusion surgery.
I am considering this so I want to hear from ya'all. So pretty much consider this as a POLL question.

How many have used it with awesome results?
How many used it without results?

Thank you!!! O:) O:)


  • I LOVE mine!!!! I've had mine since about 3 weeks after my surgery (Aug 21) and it's cut down my pain considerably. I know most on here only have to wear theirs for a few hours each day, but my dr has me wearing mine 24/7. I've gone from taking a boatload of meds each day to taking maybe one darvocet during the day and something at night to let me sleep without being in pain when I wake up. It took me awhile to get used to having it with me all the time, but it grew on me lol (I even named him and call him my boyfriend LOL). At this point anymore, i'm afraid not to wear it. I know that wearing it is what is cutting my pain down. And I like no pain.

    Another added benefit that I have seen is that i've lost weight as well. Whether it's from the BGS, or if something else in my body got messed up during surgery, but all my pants are looser...alot looser!!! And I haven't been doing too much exercising, only walks to my post office maybe 2 or 3 times a week, so I can't say it's from walking.

    I was lucky enough to not have to pay for mine (my ins wouldnt cover it, my dr wanted me to have it so he gave it to me). For right now, my orders are to wear it till I see him again in December, but I may have to wear it until next June. But I think the benefits from it far outweigh the slight inconvenience of having to have wires attached all the time.
  • Thanks so much for responding :D Now see I just thought it was to help the bone fuse, I did not think once that it would help with pain?? That is news to me. So thankyou for saying that. That helps in my decision. Cause right now I feel like stiff peice of wood in my back that is frozen in time. Of course I am still early out but it would be awesome if I could cut down on my percocets. He wants to start me on Lortabs and I just was not ready.

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  • wow . . . doc wanted me to try one but since i started to fuse i do not see the need.

    how does it help with pain? i thought it stimulates bone growth?
  • wow . . . doc wanted me to try one but since i started to fuse i do not see the need.

    how does it help with pain? i thought it stimulates bone growth?
  • What the stimulator does is increase the blood flow to the area by sending out electrical waves. This in turn stimulates the bone growth. How it helps with the pain, im not exactly sure. Could be from the blood vessels expanding? All I know is that from the moment they put it on me at the dr's office the pain started to lesson. As of now, there are many times where I completely forget to take any meds, and the only time I do remember is if i've done too much lol. It is now 5pm, i've been outside sweeping off my porch, digging up some plants to bring in, and I just now took one pill.
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  • I am bit confused, I thought there are two kinds of bone stimulators: 1. to help with fusion, 2. to control pain.

    Most people here seem to have an external unit they wear certain hours per day for pain. A few other, myself included, we had a small battery pack inserted under our skin at the time of the fusion surgery, and electrodes connected to battery pack by leads were placed directly over the bone implants to encourage fusion. It is no problem at all, as I ndid not even know I have one until it had shown up on my first x-ray. I can barely feel it (the small battery pack) under my skin with my fingers, but that is all. It must be working, because at my 5-month post-op visit I was almost completely fused. But because I had no pain after surgery at all, now I am wondering if it may have controlled the pain also. Either way, i am thankful to have it. Could be the reason more surgeons don't use it because some insurance companies (or WC) don't want to pay for it?

  • you would have a scs spinal cord stim.
    bone stim is only used to fuse the bone.
    mabye they are one in the same.
    but i do not think the bone stim to help fusing can be implanted as far as i know. only the scs can be.
    don't get me wrong as i do not know that much about them.
    i haven't been on most of the day to do more research.

    my friend has one and was going to send it to me instead of dealing with the insurance company. so thats why i was seeing how ppl responded to them.

    RON OH PAPA BEAR is this what you have that is in chinese instructions??????

    im going to find some more info on it..

    terri >:D< >:D<

  • I have a BGS. I wear it for 30 minutes a day and will need to for 9 months. It does nothing for my pain. It is not meant to relieve pain and that is not a usual effect of it. If anything in the beginning it increased pain cause it straps around my incision. Now it doen't bother me though.

    Brucie, can you feel any form of vibration, etc. from your stimulator? I am wondering if they somehow make one that also functions as a TENS unit. Mine creates an electromagnetic field that is suppose to increase bone growth by 20%. It is totally silent, can't feel anything.

    Terri, I think you should get one. Since you have a history of failed fusion and you are trying to quit smoking, you are a prime candidate for one. Your insurance shouldn't have any grounds to object. Mine was delivered to me while in the hospital, covered by insurance. My only risk factor is I am overweight, but my surgeon gives them to all his fusion patients.

    So far I have some posterior-lateral fusing seen on xray but nothing between the vertebrae yet, but it is early on. Hopefully some fully fused folks will come and post soon.
    >:D< Cali-Sue
  • The only conclusion I can come to with it helping pain wise, if its worn longer then your wearing yours? The more the bone fuses less pain??? That is how I am understanding it.
    Of course just like my neck. Once fully fused I never had pain again.
    So its a possiblitly because brucie wears hers for so long during the day that may contribute to the pain relief.
    What ya think girlfriend?

    Oh yes Im like a HUGE canadite for it. But why go through the insurance company if I can get one for free?? hmmm <:P <:P ;) :$ :$ :$ :$ :$ :$
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