Bone Growth Stimulators

By James Perry, DO

What are Bone Growth Stimulators?

Quick answer, Bone Growth Stimulators are devices that help bones to heal.  There are several types of stimulators that help with bone healing.  They include electrical stimulation, pulsed ultrasound, and shockwave therapy. Bone growth stimulation is the applying of electrical or ultrasonic current into the fusion or fracture site. They are a supplemental form of therapy to assist the bone healing process.

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Why would you use a BGS?

Bone Growth Stimulators are typically used when patients are at risk of a bone not healing after surgery or if a fracture is not healing well.  This may be due to metabolic issues, smoking or tobacco use, or a history of fractures no healing. The device will be worn for a specific amount of time each day. (within a range of 2 to 9 hours a day). On average, the bone growth stimulator will be worn for a period of 3 – 9 months after surgery.

These devices are typically convenient to use and do not hinder daily activity.

Is a Bone Growth Stimulator an Option after Spinal Fusion?

The quick answer is yes for certain patients.  To learn about Bone Growth Stimulators After Spinal Fusion, this ARTICLE by Dr. James Perry may help.

Dr. James Perry is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute.   To schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry, call JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below.

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