BELOW ARE THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXOGEN DEVICE.
Most patients don’t feel anything at the treatment site, while some patients report experiencing a tingling sensation.
There are no known contraindications for the use of the EXOGEN device. The EXOGEN package insert includes a section on Precautions and Warnings that highlights situations in which the safety and effectiveness of EXOGEN has not been established, such as specific patient circumstances involving certain types of medication or medical problems other than fractures.
The operation of active, implantable devices such as cardiac pacemakers may be adversely affected by close exposure to the EXOGEN device. If you have a pacemaker, talk with your physician or cardiologist to find out if EXOGEN is right for you.
Clinical studies have evaluated the effectiveness of EXOGEN with one 20-minute treatment per day.5-7 Multiple or longer-duration daily treatments have not been studied.
Mineral oil can be used in place of the coupling gel that comes with the EXOGEN device. Petroleum jelly, however, is not an acceptable substitute. You may also request more coupling gel by calling LMT Surgical Customer Service on 1300 880 155 or email [email protected].
Different fractures heal at different rates. Your physician will determine the necessary length of your treatment during follow-up appointments
Ultrasound waves cannot travel through air or clothing. The EXOGEN transducer requires direct contact with skin and the use of a coupling gel (included with your device).
It is important that the transducer of the EXOGEN device is placed at the right position during your daily treatments for the ultrasound beam to reach the site of the fracture on your broken bone. Consult with your physician if you are unsure of where to place the EXOGEN transducer.
Try to get back on schedule as soon as possible. To stay consistent with your treatments, check the treatment-tracking calendar on your device and identify a convenient time to use EXOGEN each day.
The most common type of bone healing has four main stages. A broken bone starts to heal immediately after the injury, during the acute inflammatory phase. Next, your bone begins to develop new tissue at the ends of the fractured bone, called a soft callus. Over a period of the next two to three weeks, the soft callus is replaced with harder tissue, which is called a hard callus. The hard callus adds structure and strength to the newly formed bone tissue. Finally, your broken bone is remodeled to a fully functioning bone. Keep in mind that even after your broken bone has fully healed, the outer bone surface may be slightly swollen for a period of time.
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