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How can electrical bone growth stimulator help with spine fusion?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Perhaps: The basic science shows effectiveness, but its use in people has produced conflicting results. It may be useful if you are at risk for not healing a fusion. Some risk factors include tobacco use, prior failed attempts at fusion in the same area of your back, multiple level fusion. Talk to your doctor. Check to see if your insurance covers it.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Electric feilds: Magnetic and electric feilds have been shown to increase bone growth for long bones and in fusions. It has been used for years nothing beats bmp, good surgical techinique, instrumentation, autograft all have higher fusion rates graft in the innerbody space as well. And not smoking.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Magnetic field: They are commonly used. They are safe and they work. The stimulator is usually external and easy to use. They create an external magnetic field that stimulates bone growth. Check out orthofix.Com.
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