Bone growth stimulator machines

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   Posted 4/27/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
   I am in need of some information and descriptions of personal experience with bone stimulator machines.
   I have some arthritis here and there, with most serious problems in my feet. An arthrodesis was done six months ago to fuse the great toe knuckle. The attempt to fuse the two bones was not successful because new bone did not grow in the sculpted
cup-and-cone interface.  
   The surgery was repeated last week. There are few options left if this does not work, except continuous dependence on the hardware in the foot to keep it all together. The long term prospect of hardware failure is high, plus micro-motion of component parts could be painful and add to the failure probability.
    My surgeon and other respected medical aquaintances seem to be doubtful about the benefit of bone stimulator machines, but the surgeon is at the "try everything" stage and has suggested I use one.
    Apparently several different types of machines are available, in sizes ranging from hand-held wands to strap-on book-sized units to even larger machines. I am certain some of these are of no use whatsoever, and am having difficulty finding any evidence, empirical or otherwise, that any of them truly stimulate bone growth in fractures or surgical situations. Implantable devices may be beneficial, but that is outside of my current need.
    PLEASE, if anyone has any experience or knowledge of how beneficial any specific machine has been, give me some details. I will need to go forward with this soon, but am presently not willing to do so without some confidence it will work because of the cost involved. The whole concept is a little like black magic or voodoo to me, so you could call me suspicious.
   Thanks in advance for your help. I will appreciate it very much.      

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   Posted 4/27/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
dear Footbone,
my sympathy to you in your current sitaution. personally i have no experience with this sort of machine....but i will keep your thread on top of the forum so it can catch the eye of those who do know & can provide some input.
i would you mentioned..."try everything".
oh, this thread showed up twice,a i deleted the extra one. best wishes.

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   Posted 4/30/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never tried this machine but I would like to know if it works for you. I also have bone problems with my feet. My doctor had suggested Orencia to me that has shown some progress in regrowing bone. I declined though because I was afraid of side effects. I am on Enbrel and it seems to be helping. I hope the machine works for you.
Harley Diva
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   Posted 4/30/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have made a commitment to a bone growth stimulator, with today being the first day of daily treatment. X-rays will be taken three weeks from today to assess improvement, but I expect at least three months of these daily 1/2 hour treatments before any conclusions will be reached.
No guarantees are made by the machine's manufacturer, and it is impossible to know if bone union is enhanced or prompted by the machine, but in a "pull out all stops" situation, I am adopting a positive attitude.
I will report the films interpretation in three weeks. If I am allowed to refer to the name of the machine on this web, I will at that time or as soon as some change is noted in bone health.
Thanks for your note.
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