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FREE Ortho-Fix Bone Stimulator Plus 1 Year Update

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had surgery December 17 of last year. Isthmic Spondylolisthesis with bilateral pars defect at both levels. Planned for 1 level l5-s1. Wound up being 2 level l4-s1. PLIF with PEEK interbody fusion at l5-s1. Disc retained at l4. Grafting material from removed pars defect and supplemented by BMP.

Successful Fusion. Pain Reduced by 95%+. I plan to go back to skiing this year. 1st ski day Thanksgiving weekend!!!

For someone in need, meaning without insurance coverage or alternate means to pay for a bone stimulator. I offer my orthofix bone stimulator for free. Cost is approximately $5k to buy. I will package it up and mail it to you. If you have a planned lumbar spinal fusion it is likely you will need this device. It will need to be reprogrammed to your doctors specifications which I am sure he/she can arrange. Website below...


http://www.orthofix.com/products/spine_spinalstim.asp?cid=25

Please respond here or send me a message if you are interested...
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  • Welcome to Spine Health. Glad that your surgery was successful and boy oh boy do I miss the 1st ski day on Thanksgiving weekends!

    That's very generous of you to offer up your bone stimulator. I hope that you didn't register and log on to Spine Health just to advertise that. Since you are a success with your surgery, it certainly would be nice to have you stick around and share your experiences.

    "C"
  • I had surgery 9-23-08 and i too have a bone stimulator I wear 4 hours a day. Mine cost 5 grand also and insurance covered it, I had a 3 level fusion.
    My orthofix rep stated these devices are a one person use then disposable. Not sure how long it would work for someone else, although the the gesture was extremely nice.
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  • I think the orthofix rep is just looking to maximize sales. My surgeon says they can be reprogrammed and re-used. He does it often for patients although it does have to be done by an orthofix dealer. I would have given it to him to redeploy, but he does not take insurance and he has very few patients that don't have the item covered or can't afford on their own.

    I wore this one 4 hours/day for 6 months....
  • I will log on periodically to see if there is info I con provide to help others. I have found everyone's situation to be so unique it is tough to offer good advice.

    The best advice I can give is to find a doctor at a teaching hospital who is THE BEST you can possibly afford. I am certain for me, that finding the right doctor made all the difference. I went got consults from orthopedic surgeons and nuero's. I went with a nuero...it all depends on your condition of course, but based on my research and experience I am partial to a nuerosurgeon when messing with my spine and nerves....

    Good luck and feel good!
  • I'm having a three-level fusion on the 19th, but I have insurance and, if I need one of those gizmos, hopefully they will pay for it. What a nice offer to make for someone in need. I agree that the rep is probably saying they can't be reused just to maximize sales. It's like telling us that CPAP machines (for sleep apnea) can't be reused due to sanitation issues. Well, you can replace the face mask and hoses. Air is expelled into the surroundings and not back up into the machine, so what is the sanitation issue? Yep, lack of sales. I have pre-op on Tuesday, so I'll know if I need one then. I assume insurance will pay as my surgery has been pre-authorized.

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • Hi,

    I've actually had ankle/knee/tibia issues. 2 surgeries over the past year and now a non-healing stress fracture. Doc prescribed a bone stimulator yesterday, BCBS says they won't cover a device that I'd use while not under a doctor's immediate supervision. Since you used it for spinal issues, I'm wondering if it would be a good fit for me?

    Bless you for paying it forward!
    Christine
  • I was told that the battery in the orthofix stimulators last 1 year and are not designed to replace the battery; just another example of why health costs are so high!!
  • i also have a bone stimulator that my insurance covered i dont need it any more so if anybody needs mine let me know they can be reused my surgeon says cost 5gs also i hate to see it just lying around i would love to help someone out renee
  • Had l45 fusion 3 weeks ago. My doctor wants me to use bone stimulator machine but my insurance wont' pay.
  • Do any of you know if this unit help a woman with osteoporosis and vertebral fractures; does it actually stimulate bone growth and just bone health?
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