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Randy Carl Sanders

September 14, 2017
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EXOGEN Helps Heal A Broken Finger

The below case study is representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.

Situation:
Randy Carl Sanders from Morrisville, North Carolina has worked for the city as a street sweeper for more than 15 years. Randy also does various odd jobs on occasion, and one day he and his coworkers were called in to retrieve something out of a storm drain for a citizen.

“We had a hook attached to the storm drain and my coworker and I picked up the grate,” remembers Randy. “He grabbed one side…and I had…the other.”

Accidents happen and in this case a miscommunication with his coworker resulted in the grate, which was six inches thick and weighed 150 pounds, coming down on his left pinky finger.

“Well, when that happened, I really didn’t pay it any attention. I waited about three hours and took my glove off and realized that my finger had turned black and I decided to go get this checked,” said Randy. “I went to urgent care and had X-rays taken.”

“I took the 20-minute treatments at the same time every day. Basically, you can do what you want - walk around, watch TV… sometimes you even forget you’re wearing it.”

The clinician on duty told Randy that his pinky was broken right at the tip of the finger. He was given a splint and advised it would heal in time. After a period of healing, Randy visited the doctor a second time, when more X-rays were taken and he was told the bone was healing fine.

Not feeling quite right and unhappy with this update from his doctor, Randy decided to get a second opinion.

“The reason I wanted a second opinion was because I noticed I was still having numbness and stiffness in my finger,” said Randy. “I could hardly bend it and after eight months I should’ve been doing better than that.”

Randy Carl Sanders

Solution:
Randy’s pursuit of the second opinion led him to a clinician who took new X-rays and compared them to the old X-rays.

“He told me that my finger was broken between the knuckles and not at the tip,” said Randy.

A fracture that fails to improve and requires additional treatment is called a nonunion and Randy’s new doctor suggested two choices for his nonunion fracture – surgery or treatment with the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System.

“I had no idea what EXOGEN was, but was willing to try it if it would heal my finger,” said Randy.

After getting fitted for his EXOGEN unit and shown how to use it by a Bioventus sales representative, Randy began treatment. He was surprised at how easy is was to use.

“I tried to take the 20-minute treatments at the same time every day,” said Randy. “Basically, you can do what you want - walk around, watch TV. All in all, it’s not painful and sometimes you even forget you’re wearing it.”

Success:
Randy estimates his treatments with EXOGEN lasted about three months. “I went in after two months and my doctor took three more X-rays,” said Randy. “He was quite happy. The healing had progressed to 80%. He told me to continue for another month and then come back and see him.”

Randy continued compliant use of EXOGEN for 20 minutes a day for another month and on his next visit was told by his doctor that he had completely healed and could resume normal activities.

“It healed my finger and I am quite happy,” said Randy. “EXOGEN is very simple and anyone can use it. And yes, it does work. I know from experience.”

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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Stephen Biggam

October 8, 2017
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Timing Is Everything: Major Surgery Avoided With EXOGEN

The below case study is representative of an indicated use for EXOGEN outside the United States and may not be representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.

Situation:
Despite the metatarsal only being a couple of centimetres long, a Jones fracture is notoriously difficult to heal. But it was an injury that lawyer Stephen Biggam thought would be an easy fix at an accident and emergency department. He spent the next 8 weeks with a cast up to his knee as he waited for it to heal.

Unfortunately, while the cast was in place, Stephen’s fracture had widened, instead of healing, and his fracture was classified as a nonunion. Stephen was referred to an orthopaedic consultant who suggested a bone graft procedure. The surgery was scheduled, but postponed due to hospital equipment issues. During this unexpected pause, Stephen’s condition was reviewed again—and the surgeon decided not to perform the operation after all. An EXOGEN ultrasound device was recommended to stimulate bone growth instead.

“I avoided what would have been a complicated operation and I'm certain that EXOGEN really helped speed up my recovery.”

Solution:
The surgery postponement worked to Stephen’s benefit in another way as well: the low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) technology used by EXOGEN had just been given approval by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). This recommendation was made following an analysis of clinical data from over 1900 patients, plus specialist guidance from the British Orthopaedic Association and British Limb Reconstruction Society. 

Stephen was fitted with the EXOGEN device, which he used every day for 20 minutes at a time.

Success:
When he returned to the clinic after a few weeks, his surgeon X-rayed him again. Both were delighted to see evidence of bone growth. For Stephen, the news was more than he had hoped for. His story even attracted national media interest and was featured in the Daily Mail.

"I’m just so glad that the doctor decided not to operate. I would have been off work for weeks," said Stephen. "I avoided what would have been a complicated operation and I'm certain that the EXOGEN really helped speed up my recovery."

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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VM

October 7, 2017
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A Long Wait To Heal Finally Ends With EXOGEN

The below case study is representative of an indicated use for EXOGEN outside the United States and may not be representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.

Situation:
Although she couldn’t pinpoint a specific injury as the cause, VM knew something was wrong when she experienced sudden and severe pain that significantly limited her mobility. An X-ray revealed a fractured pelvis, and VM began reaching out to orthopaedic surgeons for treatment. Her initial options did not sound promising. At one point, VM was told by a hospital physiotherapist in a fracture clinic that there was no possibility of the bone healing. She would have to simply ‘live with it,’ and the resulting pain.

“I would urge anyone with a fracture to do all they can to argue for an EXOGEN device, even if it is turned down at first.”

VM

Solution:
VM’s sister, who lives in Canada, had come across EXOGEN from research on the Internet and discovered that it was available in the UK for patients with the appropriate clinical care needs. At VM’s request, her consultant orthopaedic surgeon made the case to her local NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT) that EXOGEN would speed up the healing of her fracture, avoid the significant financial cost of bone graft surgery and with it, the lifestyle costs to the patient. But after a ten-month long investigation, the PCT turned down the request. VM’s health continued to deteriorate in the meantime. Almost three years after the initial fracture, she was finally able to see a surgeon in a different PCT who immediately prescribed an EXOGEN device. This time it was approved by Trust managers.

Success:
Within just five months of using EXOGEN, X-rays showed that VM’s bone had healed, news she hardly dared hope she would ever hear. “I cannot tell you how excited I was to see that X-ray. Years of pain and my frustration at being passed from doctor to doctor were at an end. I tell everyone I know about my experience and I would urge anyone with a fracture to do all they can to argue for an EXOGEN device, even if it is turned down at first.”

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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Dave Crowther

October 7, 2017
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EXOGEN Helps A Ski Mountaineer Overcome His Biggest Challenge

The below case study is representative of an indicated use for EXOGEN outside the United States and may not be representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.

Situation:
When keen sportsman Dave Crowther set off for a day of ski mountaineering, he expected to be challenged physically and mentally and took every safety precaution. But what followed was beyond expectation. While climbing on a glacier high above Zermatt in Switzerland, the ice beneath him collapsed and Dave plunged 25 metres into the darkness of a crevasse, breaking the tibia and fibula in both legs, as well three ribs, shattering his left kneecap and puncturing a lung. He recalled “Where I landed, the crevasse had narrowed to just a few centimetres and my body was well and truly wedged in. I couldn’t move. I tried to move my feet but they were flapping uselessly and the pain was overwhelming. I thought I had broken my pelvis.”

“I couldn’t move. I tried to move my feet but they were flapping uselessly and the pain was overwhelming. I thought I had broken my pelvis.”

A helicopter rescue team pulled Dave out of the crevasse and he was airlifted to a hospital in the nearby town of Visp for emergency surgery to stabilize the damage to his kneecap and legs. Eight days later, an orthopaedic surgeon at his local hospital in the UK operated to repair and fix the fractured tibia and fibula in both legs, fitting him with external fixator frames that had to be adjusted daily. But eight months later, X-rays revealed that neither tibia was healing properly. 

Dave Crowther

Solution:
Dave’s continued immobility and pain were impacting both his software business and his family. “My business effectively closed and I had to rely on my wife and other family members to support me physically,” recalled Dave. “It was exceptionally trying.” After performing bone graft procedures on both of Dave’s legs, the surgeon decided to use an EXOGEN device on Dave’s tibia to stimulate healing.

Success:
Dave continued to follow the program of adjusting the frame on his leg while using EXOGEN daily. He soon noticed that the adjustments were harder to make and, for the first time, causing him pain. Unwittingly, Dave was now turning the screws against solid, fully healed bone that was resisting the force. His consultant X-rayed Dave’s leg and confirmed that the bone was completely healed. The accelerated healing allowed Dave’s external frame to be removed weeks before expected, just before the first anniversary of his fall into the crevasse. He could now return to his business and active sports lifestyle much faster than expected.

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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Michaela Lindzus

October 6, 2017
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A Marathon Runner Avoids Waiting To Heal With EXOGEN

The below case study is representative of an indicated use for EXOGEN outside the United States and may not be representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.

Situation:
Michaela Lindzus’ life revolves around exercise. With a degree in sports education, she runs marathons, swims, works as a personal trainer, and leads classes in aqua jogging and back pain prevention. When she suddenly started having pain in her foot, she headed straight to the orthopaedist. It took four weeks and multiple X-rays to finally identify the problem—a fatigue fracture in her metatarsal bone.  Michaela was given a special shoe to relieve strain on the front of her foot. But the shoe caused Michaela to walk so lopsided that she developed back pain. She contacted the orthopaedic department at Wermelskirchen Hospital for a second opinion.

“It was fantastic. After six weeks, I could already resume runner’s training.”

Michaela Lindzus

Solution:
Head physician Dr. Hans Goost recommended that Michaela stop wearing the special shoe and gave her two options: give the fracture three months to heal on its own, or use pulsed ultrasound therapy and heal in about four to six weeks. “Three months was too long for me. I need exercise and competition,” said Michaela. She decided to go for ultrasound treatment. According to Dr. Goost, “Ultrasound has been shown to stimulate bony metabolism, which encourages bone formation. This speeds up the healing process enormously.“

Success:
After just one week using the EXOGEN device, she noticed a clear difference. Said Michaela, “It was fantastic. After six weeks, I could already resume runner’s training. And after three months, I even participated in a half marathon again.”

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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Kyle Ostrow

September 14, 2017
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EXOGEN Helps A Pro Hockey Player Get Back On The Ice

The below video story is representative of a US FDA-approved indication for the use of EXOGEN. 

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice. Patients are compensated for providing testimonials.

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