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How can electrical bone growth stimulator help with spine fusion?

How can electrical bone growth stimulator help with spine fusion?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more


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L5-s1 disk degenerated now bone on bone. Neurosurgeon wants to do spine fusion. Spine surgeon wants to do a disk replacement. What should I do & why?

L5-s1 disk degenerated now bone on bone. Neurosurgeon wants to do spine fusion. Spine surgeon wants to do a disk replacement. What should I do & why?

Great: Question, with many answers. The disc replacement will allow for some slight increase movement on an area that doesn't move much anyways. Fusion is the most common method. It comes down to talking to your surgeons and decide whom you trust the most. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 22 very active. Fractured my L5 right pars 7 months ago. Was misdiagnosed. Now left side hurts too. Would bone growth stimulator help? Or to late?

Too late!: Unfortunately, after 7 months, a pars fracture that was not diagnosed and was not treated properly would most likely result in malunion or nonunion of the bony fragment. Use of a bone growth stimulator at this time would do nothing to correct the problem. ...Read more

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Can a bone growth stimulator help heal a pars fracture that was misdiagnosed for 7 months?

Can a bone growth stimulator help heal a pars fracture that was misdiagnosed for 7 months?

Pars defects: Bone growth stimulators can help to heal a fracture seven months later. A back brace will reduce micromotion and improve healing. Avoid tobacco products, heavy lifting and anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Which bone growth stimulator would be best for pars fracture?

All stimulators. ...: ...Function on the same principle. It must b custom ordered 4 u. They work better for bones closer 2 the skin, such as wrist, tibia ankle ; such . Talk 2 ur orthopedist, he/she wire . The 1 they r familiar with ; have had the best experience with.Nwith . No good image available. ...Read more

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How effective would a bone growth stimulator be on a pars fracture?

Minimal: Pars fractures will generally heal...I have found no studies that show the use of a bone stimulator will help heal your fracture.Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you offer a remedy for pain caused by bone growth stimulator?

Can you offer a remedy for pain caused by bone growth stimulator?

Take a break: Discuss with your doctor first, but taking a break from the stimulator for a week may help. Another option is to use the stimulator for half of the treatment twice daily. Rarely, it simply cannot be tolerated. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more