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Do bone growth stimulator's really work

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  • Howdy! I was put on one after the top of my latest fusion (top) broke lose - at the 2 month post op mark. I have NO clue if it is working or not. I have an appointment with my NS tomorrow, might have some answers. I am using mine per direction 4 hours a day. No bad reactions with it or anything, so hopefully something "good" is going on in there with it!!! Yeah...not cheap at all!!!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I understand they are only effective if used soon after surgery. I talked to the company and they said the later after surgery yo use them the less effective they are. I started using mine at about one week post opp. I use it 4 hours a day. I understand the technology behind these units But sometimes I think voodoo medicine if you know what I mean?. I am willing to try anything for a good fusion as long as the insurance company pays for it!. I have the money to buy the device myself but I dont think I would have written them a $5000. check for it. I think there's about $35.00 worth of parts in it. I do know this. when my treatment is done I am going to open the device and see if I can use it as a MP3 player!
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  • Yankee said:
    I understand they are only effective if used soon after surgery. I talked to the company and they said the later after surgery yo use them the less effective they are. I started using mine at about one week post opp. I use it 4 hours a day. I understand the technology behind these units But sometimes I think voodoo medicine if you know what I mean?. I am willing to try anything for a good fusion as long as the insurance company pays for it!. I have the money to buy the device myself but I dont think I would have written them a $5000. check for it. I think there's about $35.00 worth of parts in it. I do know this. when my treatment is done I am going to open the device and see if I can use it as a MP3 player!
    Nodding I heard the same Yankee... even the rep that came to my house to "fit and teach me" how to use it said that. She asked me when my surgery was, and I told her, I also advised her that the fusion issues came up like 3 weeks prior. She said "it should work for you", but they should have started it soon after surgery since you went from one level to two - and too it was additional to the other. I am trying to stay positive, but don't know. Fingers crossed as they say. Granted timeline from the "break" of the fusion might be good, but the surface (per the MRI) is very ragged...so don't know).

    I also agree with you Yankee, the cost is waaaaayyyy high based on the parts. As long as the insurance will pay, fine, me... yeah like you I could afford it too, but not sure if I would put my own dime to it. Who knows, I might get lucky!!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I have seen those things on ebay as well for sale. However, I was told that the company gets information from the surgeon then it is programmed for your specific needs. Also my understanding is that after so long it is no good. So for example i still have mine sitting around here from 06', but was told that it is of no use anymore as it had a pre-set program and in it. I have turned it on and it still comes on but apparently it won't do anything anymore. The only reason I write this is in case someone is reading this thread and they are thinking about buying one off ebay? Before I would do something like that I would check the facts, as I was told those may not work.
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  • tamtam said:
    I have seen those things on ebay as well for sale. However, I was told that the company gets information from the surgeon then it is programmed for your specific needs. Also my understanding is that after so long it is no good. So for example i still have mine sitting around here from 06', but was told that it is of no use anymore as it had a pre-set program and in it. I have turned it on and it still comes on but apparently it won't do anything anymore. The only reason I write this is in case someone is reading this thread and they are thinking about buying one off ebay? Before I would do something like that I would check the facts, as I was told those may not work.
    I wondered that myself!. I dont know about all the models but the factory for mine said the only thing that wares out is the rechargeable battery. I have however found a way to test them to see if they are really working. turn your unit on and hold it near a phone the magnetic signals from these devices produces clicking sounds on phones even on cell phones. I think if a person could find a unit in their local area for sale they could at least use this as a test to see if it works. I wouldn't buy one however if the seller lived too far away and had to ship it to me. As far as the battery's I checked again with the one that made my unit they stated the battery is a standard rechargeable one and is used in many products. They stated to me it could be found at the retail level. My unit is not programed for a usable lifetime but it will only run for 4 hours each 24 hours. tamtam it would be interesting if that when you have the time turn on that unit you have and try the phone test. I would be interested to know if you can hear any of the clicking signals I spoke about. THANKS!
  • Aviatrix36440 said:
    Howdy! I was put on one after the top of my latest fusion (top) broke lose - at the 2 month post op mark. I have NO clue if it is working or not. I have an appointment with my NS tomorrow, might have some answers. I am using mine per direction 4 hours a day. No bad reactions with it or anything, so hopefully something "good" is going on in there with it!!! Yeah...not cheap at all!!!!
    Whelps... so far no change in my fusion status! Sigh... It's been over a month, so not too happy there. As directed I will continue my stim sessions! :-)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Mine too only works for 4 hours in a 24 hour period. Think it resets like 2am or something, not sure. I do know that the timer resets to 4 hours if you shut it off before the first hour has run through, so in essence if one wanted to use it for more than 4 hours in a 24 hour period all one has to do is keep shutting it off and back on again before the first hour completes. With that in mind, for what reason is the time limited I wonder? And are there any benefits / drawbacks to using it longer?

    I asked my OS for the stimulator the day after my surgery while I was still in the hospital, but didn't get it until 4 weeks post-op due to insurance paperwork / approval. I sure hope this didn't ruin my chances of gaining the benefits it claims to offer :-\
  • I received this per my doctors orders about 4 weeks after my c5-c7 surgery. My surgery was August 20th. A representative came out to my house to tell me about it, gave me 12 rechargeable batteries, showed me how to use etc. I was pretty impressed with this level of service -- yes the device is expensive but I only had to pay about $180 after insurance covered it. I only have to wear it for 30 minutes a day (not 4 hours)-- yes it is preprogrammed for this amount of time and it does expire after so many uses -- so if you want to purchase one on ebay you better make sure the usage hasn't "run out." I have no idea if it is working as we all know this process of recovery takes a little while, but I feel great. One thing that is an issue is that my husband has a pacemaker. The representative said when using it I had to be in a separate room -- magnetic fields are not good for people with pacemakers. This is just an fyi, and something I didn't realize.
  • laurabrks said:
    I received this per my doctors orders about 4 weeks after my c5-c7 surgery. My surgery was August 20th. A representative came out to my house to tell me about it, gave me 12 rechargeable batteries, showed me how to use etc. I was pretty impressed with this level of service -- yes the device is expensive but I only had to pay about $180 after insurance covered it. I only have to wear it for 30 minutes a day (not 4 hours)-- yes it is preprogrammed for this amount of time and it does expire after so many uses -- so if you want to purchase one on ebay you better make sure the usage hasn't "run out." I have no idea if it is working as we all know this process of recovery takes a little while, but I feel great. One thing that is an issue is that my husband has a pacemaker. The representative said when using it I had to be in a separate room -- magnetic fields are not good for people with pacemakers. This is just an fyi, and something I didn't realize.
    WOW only 30 min.! It must be supper charged!
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