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How many of you had a bone growth stimulator ordered by your doctor

Only to have your insurance deny coverage? My lumbar spine doctor got me a bone growth stimulator for my lumbar spine but my cervical spine doctor has been trying for months to get a cervical bone growth stimulator approved with no success. My lumbar fusion doctor said that Cigna always denied cervical bone growth stimulators. I don't understand why....would they rather pay for another surgery and that much more physical therapy?


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    I guess I was lucky that work comp paid for mine? They also covered my other Tens Unit called an H-Wave. I had to use that after my shoulder surgery. 
    Is there a way you can appeal your insurance company? 

  • my lumbar fusion doctor said that cigna always denied cervical bone growth stimulators. i don't understand why....would they rather pay for another surgery and that much more physical therapy?

    probably because they don't believe they work.  personally, i think they are snake oil.  i am 6 months out of level 8 lumbar fusion and fused.  i used cadaver bone instead of my own bone (which theoretically would have fused faster).  my doctor asked a few times if i wanted to use a stimulator and i told him i'd rather stand in the middle of stonehenge during a thunderstorm; he laughed but got the picture.  now if i'd used it someone would have ascribed my successful fusion to the "device".  during healing i stayed as active as possible -- good blood flow, etc.  now i'm back on my motorcycle, mountain bike... i'm 69. 
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  • All I know is my lumbar spine is fusing and I have a bone growth stimulator for it and that my neck is not fusing and contains broken equipment and I don't have a bone growth stimulator for my neck. It could be the different surgeons or the fact that I wasn't eating animal protein at first or even that I was taking methotrexate like I was supposed to according to my surgeon whereas my good surgeon took me off it for three months and then another three months....
  • I have some of my own bone in my neck and some cadaver bone.
  • My doctor said that blue cross denies bone growth stimulaters for the cervical spine.  I was very surprised when I went for my two week post op appointment and the doctor was able to get approval for the bone growth stimulator.  
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  • That's fantastic!
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