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Has anyone used a bone growth stimulator? If so tell me about it.Did it work?

Started by debblue on 09/02/2011 2:07pm

I had anterior intrabody lumbar fusion L 3,4,5 in Oct. 2010.In August I began experiencing severe pain in my lower back..AGAIN! C.T. scan results show the bone graph on the lower side not healing. A Bone Growth Stimulator will be set up for me next week. I am not familior with this....anyone else?

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Hi Deb, Just wanted to know how ur new stimulator is workin, (did u hav it done yet?).hope all is goin well. RENE

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rene:as you know,NOTHING happens fast in the medical field,especially when YOU are the one waiting! Or it's an emergency! Hopefully, the person who is going to fit me will be here this week,will keep you posted. The only thing I have for pain relief is Tramadol 50mg every 12 hours..ha..that doesn't even touch the pain. I don't expect much pain relief from the bone stimulator for a least a few months. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Greetings..I had my 5th lumbar surgery this past February. And I was also provided with a bone growth stimulator. I did not find it usefull for me. I have been left with severe muscle atrophy in my left leg and the thigh has a 8-10 pain rateing every day. The surgical group that performed this procedure also did surgery twice in 2005. The original surgery left me with a screw that was put in on a downward angle and a bone chip was also laying on the nerve. Thus leading to the second surgery within 90 days to correct that "mess". Therefore, I feel that the stimulator has been unsuccessful.
Good luck.....hope it works for you......

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Hey Deb, still no replies. Hard for me to beleive noone out there hasnt used one. hopefully youll get some feed back soon. RENE :).

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Rene,Thanks for your concern,still have not recieved the bone growth stimulator?! I will have to call thia week to see if anything can be done about this NOW!!!! Not too hapy about the last responce,but everyone is different!

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five failed fution: what are you doing about your pain right now?

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Thats right, everyone is different, sounds like he had a bad experience......POSITIVE THINKING!!!!!!! U KNOW THAT.I think im just as much anxious as u as getting the ball rolling w/this thing. haha. Im routin for ya.. whens apt.?.And how was ur Sunday,? Sundays are a big deal for our family. we r 23 immediate family and every sunday we hav dinner at my sister in laws. Mother in law use to do cokkin but she past on 4yrs ago. I guess u guesssed my nationality.,haha. We actually finally made hubby a citizen 5 yrs ago.Im 3rd generation italian, but my kids r technically 1st generation cause he comes from there..Ive got to cut down on the eating,(which is hard on sundays) im not as active,Im lookn a little puffy.lol anyway, hope ur day was somewhat painfree. I had my belt on, my percs and some red wine, so I can say I had a good day. talk to u soon , RENE :)

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Dear Rene,
I just found out that my insurance will not cover the bone growth stimulator until I am one year post-op.That will be Oct. 11th......just trying to keep the faith...some days better than others.Just would like some pain relif!!!!

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Yes, I had a fusion L5S1 in Dec. 09 and had only 60% healing of the fused bone in April 2011.....which was over a year. The doctor put a bone growth stimulator on me which I wore four hours a day for now five months. You dont feel anything.....It is electrical impulses that stimulate the bone to grow. It is just big! ....which I was willing to do it....Sadly to say after the first year of the fusion the healing from this is lowered to a 60% chance that it will work. So seems like I am falling on the bad side of results. I had a myelogram done and it shows 66% fusion so I dont think it helped me any. I know of other people that it did, but they were used shortly after the fusion and had a better chance at healing than me. I do hope it works for you....Its worth a try. mine looked like a panda bear in the front and the whole thing looks similiar to a big back brace..you can see one on ebay...people sell them....they shouldnt cause each one is set to the persons needs and they only last for a set amount of time.

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Thanks bee...I wish you well,in spite of our pain,just love some feed back!!!

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Today I finally got my bone gowth stimulator! The rep.said he had looked at the date as 10/11/10,not acurate! Got his person over to my house ASAP! He thought it read 10/11/11? Looking forward to some positive healing!!!
He stated that I must wear this 24/7.WOW hard to wrap my mind around! Good healing to all!
Mine is just electrodes ,placed at the L4,5 AREA,It is called a "Spinal Pac 11 Spine FUsion Stimulator" by Biomet.
Anyone experience this type of bone growth stimulator///

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Hey Deb,
Hows the new toy workin, (haha). Hope its helping,,,When do u go for ur follow-up? And does it reduce pain? Hope so. just wanted to touch base w u, have a good day.. RENE :)

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Thanks rene,I do not feel anything from the stimulator,no reduction of pain,but didn't expect much at this time,they say it will take several months before I will notice any healing...patience should be taught along with hving back sugery!!!?????

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Dont u wake up sometimes n say "How did I get to this place, It wasnt in my Plans of life" just always took it for granted thinking ........ok tomorro is work and the vicious cycle would continue for the rest of our lives...? And know look at us ,, Just tired of it,, as so r u,,and all the others...............I have follow up today w surgeong,Not goin, for what to tell me ive healed nicely n blah blah blah. I want to switch neuros,but had to wait 1 yr post op,This neuro I want to see takes 4-6 mos to get in, so perfect timing.Then I want another MRI done to see whats goin on,n why am i still in PAIN. Stay well,:) RENE

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Hi debblue, I hope you have made a choice about the bone growth stimulator.....I found mine to not provide any significant improvement of the healing rate ....I have gone to Duke University medical specialist regarding my healing rate as well to the permanent nerve damage at L2, severe muscle atrophy in my left inner thigh. As of today, I have been given 4 Nerve blocks to help manage the pain. over the course of the past 7months, which as far as I am concerned the stimulator is just another way for MedTroincs to use the general population with back issuing as "human tested animals ". And Some of the surgeons, teaching hospitals make a poor combination for those of us who are in severe acute pain. I have gone to Duke University medical specialist regarding my healing rate, and even there the neurosurgeon just recommended a spinal cord stimulator. My cardiac physician did not recommend either the bone growth stimulator or the spinal cord stimulator because it might throw the heart beat out of the normal rhythm. Be careful. Very care

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We are one sorry bunch,but glad there is another human being to talk to,and express feelings!!! I sure would like to hear some positive feed back about the "bone growth stimulator"! Rene: did you say you DID or DID NOT go see your surgeon today?

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Five Failed: How do you deal with your pain?

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Hey Deb, How u feelin today ? I ditched the surgeon , I really want to see this highly recommended neuro,but he wont wee me till 1 yr post op, which is in march, n it takes 5 mos to see him, so my timinhg shoulf b right.Im getting increasing neuropathy pain in R leg, I know somethin is goin on( ,Declining to fast ),might as well wait for MRI w new doc, hes gonna want his own anyway.My primary has benn great for past 3 mos w bak to him for scripts, (much closer n he gives me his tome) I use to work w him at Hosp on Island.The surgeon gives me 3 min, n is out the door,u know the routine.. I think would b better we wouldnt know so much, and what comes w diagnosis or our desisions.. Have a pain free night.Goodnight RENE :)

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Hi debblue, As I mention in my post earlier today , I have gone thru 4 nerve blocks. Deb....to or are you seeing a doctor who's Pain Specialist regarding the acute pain?? There are some who are very good and some who just push pills....I gave been the good, bad, and uglie of it all. And now I have been put on social security and the cost of my "Medicare Supplemental insurance cost me 1/3 of my meager income. And in the meantime seek legal advice. Start building a case file, for 2
reasons ....A, ask for copys of all the CT's MRI mylograms for your piece of mind. And B; IF you do go to a different practice you will have the complete documention for the new doctor. If you are near 1of the top 5 neurosurgeon get an appointment to seek another professional diagnosis . Water therapy is extremely helpful.

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five failed: I am seeing my Back surgeon and family paractice MD,There are no neuosurgeons close to where I live,and my insurance wouldn't include Mayo as an option.My primary has referred me to a Psyiatrist, which will be one of my next options,I am also going to try accupuncure and QiGong.I know these are temperary,but what do I have to loose,but my mind and lotsa money...its a viscious circle!!
So I missed your 1st answer about what you are doing for pain control.how are the injections working for you?? Will keep you in my prayers for HEALING!!!!!!

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Hi debblue ...my NEUROSURGERY group has a physicist, and he is the one who does the nerve blocks. The damage that I am living with since february 2011, is a direct results from someone on the surgery team "nicking" the nerve when they put more plates and screws in. Try every way out there before you go under the surgeons knife ....at bedtime I take flexerall because of the sever spasms I have...to bad they won't let us post pictures of my lower back.....my neck is fused from c-3 thru c-7. And the c1-2 disc is starting to go ....have really bad headaches, but relpax (a script from my Neurologist ) settles those down within 15-20 minutes. I don't take that med every day only when they get to the "migraine "the level ...is your doctor an orthopedic back surgeon or a neurosurgeon? ?

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Deb .. what are your bone density index ...Dexa score? ? Have you ever had one? ? To me this routine test is put in the same category as mamagrams ...of you catch my drift

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Deb ....I have a different style of bone growth stimulator. It's like s heavy duty back brace and wraps around me from under the bust all the way to the top pf my hips

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Hey deb, howd ya do this wknd. Hope the dip came out good....haha. another boring , pain day for us all, its like a nightmare that wont go away....I can tell already its gonna b one of those mental deppression days, along w pain, I did too much also this wknd, When r we gonna learn? ( NEVER). u need to open facebook account so we can have private discussions, at top of facebook page it says messages, leave a message their,so its not plastered allover facebook. Now that I have all this time on my hands Im learnin how all this computer crap works. Have a good day, RENE :)

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Five failed fusions: My Bone Density results from 5/29/2010 are:
Lumbar spine (L1-L4): T score -0,3
Left femoral N eck: T-score -1.7
Right Femoral Neck: T-score -1.6 BMD Hips: 0.815 BMD L1-L4: 1.154 I know I have Osteopenia,but things could have changed since this scan.Is this why I am having such a difficult time with bone growth healing????

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Greetings one and all....this is what's in my lumbar spine ...from L2 thru S1.
I have to laugh to myself when I hear people ..in general ..saying that their back is "killing them" Unless they have been to the point of at least 1surgery ...they are being "sissies" about back problems ...
So, how's your healing coming along...??? Oh Deb, I just found out that I have discs at L1-T12 that are starting to give out...ah...anybody know of a lawyer ...the artificial bone components that at least 90% of neurosurgeons used is made by a company called MedTronics. There is a class action law suit against that company. Which makes me wonder if your body is rejecting the "bone fusion" material. And that's why your having such a "fun time" healing ...was your doctor a neurosurgeon or an Orthopedic Surgeon? ? All you have to do is get the surgical reports from the hospital records department ...BUT make sure you ask for 'THEcopys STICKER PAGES also. As well as the complete documented report...
Latter Gang...and try to get out and start walking that's when I can clear my brain of the acute pain

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five failed:
Wow,you have one heck of alot on your plate! L1-T-12 !Yes I did have a medtronic BMP used on my last sugery,I have all the reports and copies from all my surgeries,including the "sticker"pages. I had an orthopedic surgeon do my surgery.What did you think of my bone density results?
Walking goes well for awhile,I enjoy it,but come home and I have to lay down,as my "back is killing me".As you stated people who have never been through several surgeries do NOT under stand! But then again,everyone is different! I wish you well,keep me posted! Prayers for miricles to happen to you!!

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Hi...how's everything healing? Also, I found out that there is a class action case against MedTronics for defective materials that is designed to be used in spinal surgery. You might find it interesting. I've never heard of an anterior lumbar surgery ....did the surgeon "open you up" in your abdominal region or is your scar in your back?? Feel free to send me an email for any additional discussions or questions. How is your pain management doctor helping you?

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five failed.....I have felt any relief since starting the bone growth stimulator.Saw a physiatrist and have started taking Percocet 1-2/day.Which works much better than the Vicodan,except I am sleepy ALL of the time.Many factures involved with that however. It's cold,winter,walking isn't safe d/t the slippery sidewalks and roads,have seasonal deficiate disorder,and it's dark 1/2 of the day!Or more.!? My Cobra ran out Dec. 1st.Trying to find someone who will insure me has been very difficult = STRESS,which never helps!!! Sorry to sound so disheartened,but I am.
Yes, they did go in from the front to work on my back,had a vascular surgeon working with the orthopedic.Lots of complications after surgery. But that passed over time, and I guess I am as good as I am going to get?????

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