View Full Version : Bone growth stimulator.

05-10-2006, 12:40 PM
Brandi (bbest), posted a comment on my blog yesterday asking about my stim. She asked if all patients get them.
I can't answer that for you as I'm not a doctor and have no idea if all patients get them or even if hers or yours for that matter, will give you one.
Doc Moreno prescribed one for me and it is covered by insurance.
I posted this yesterday as a follow up in my 3 month post-op thread but figured I'd start a new one in case people missed that or they might be getting one themselves.


The bone guy was here finally, at like 5pm. I waited since 3:30pm for him. Traffic was sucky again due to wildfires again today.
But this is what it looks like.

The controls to mine are on the front for it.
It has to be worn 4 hours a day. You don't feel anything at all when wearing it. That was the first thing I asked. Does it stim like a tens unit does? I don't want to be shocked 4 hours a day...lol
Nope, you don't feel anything at all.
You wear it around your waist and it has a piece for front and back to stimulate bone growth.
It can be worn with or without the brace, preferably with he said. But, after my brace comes off in June, then I can just wear it by itself.

So tonight I'm gonna give it it's first go round to get these bones a growin'.
Later days.

EDIT* I wore it last night and already did my 4 hours today too. You don't feel anything at all and when wearing it over the brace, it's just another contraption to wear. No big deal to me. The brace is by far, more uncomfortable than this lightweight stim.

05-11-2006, 06:46 AM
Thanks for posting this here, Kat. I'm sure it will help someone who is curious (like me) and if nothing else, it will give patients something to discuss with their doctors.

05-11-2006, 08:07 AM
You're welcome.

05-11-2006, 02:17 PM
Thanks from me too, always wanted to know what one looks like.

Didn't wear no brace except a soft one for support for my first surgery- at 26. This time at 34(now 35), for my non union surgery I asked about the brace and the stimulator, and my doc said it wasn't necessary but if I wanted a brace, to get one, my guess is he covers his butt. I will ask again about the stimulator and why some patients get one and others not. Maybe it's b/c of the longer fusion.

05-11-2006, 02:19 PM
I was talking to my sis today about the stim and how the bone guy said that if for some reason the insurance wouldn't cover it or medicare which I was just approved for, that the company, orthofix.com, has funds set aside to make them as "grants" to patients. The stim would be given to them free of charge because a doctor prescribed it.

I was telling her that when I'm done with it, I'm just going to donate it to Docs office so if he has a patient he wants to have one, he can just give them one right there on the spot.
This will be awhile, I have to wear it till November, but the unit will still be in great shape because it does not come in any contact with your skin. It's all worn outside of clothing or braces and you only wear it 4 hours so why not donate it?

Is that like a bad idea? Used medical equipment? I would hate to just put this thing in my closet when it's perfectly good to give to someone who may need it.