EXOGEN Helps Save The Day – And The Job – For US Coach Driver
The below case study is representative of a US FDA approved indication for the use of EXOGEN.
When Mark Salazar slipped in the shower, it was the beginning of a lengthy ordeal that threw his entire lifestyle into a spin. His arm was broken cleanly in two, causing pain so excruciating that when the ambulance crew arrived, Mark couldn’t even open the door. He had to turn one of the door handles by biting down on it with so much force that he chipped a tooth.
At the hospital, doctors struggled to reposition his arm. After four separate attempts, Mark was finally discharged with his arm completely immobilised and held in place some 20 cm off his torso. “You cannot begin to imagine how difficult life becomes in this position. Months of pain and the constant fear that the slightest wrong movement or bump will be agony, never mind the difficulty of trying to sleep”, said Mark. “But the worst is the daily indignity of being completely reliant on strangers from social services for hygiene.”
Mark hit a low point when he had surgery again, and acquired an infection so severe that he was placed in an isolation ward for seven days. But worse was to come: X-rays showed that the bone was still not healing naturally.
“A broken arm doesn’t sound like much, but the consequences of a simple slip were unimaginable for me and I am convinced the EXOGEN made all the difference to speeding up the healing process.”
Recalled Mark, “All of that pain and discomfort and nothing to show for it. That was the worst day I can remember.” It was at this point, that his consultant surgeon suggested using an EXOGEN device to stimulate bone growth. “Initially I was skeptical… I had had hope after hope dashed during the course of my treatment, but to be honest, you get to the point where you’ll try anything to escape the situation.”
Just two months after starting to use the EXOGEN device for 20 minutes a day, Mark had new X-rays. This time the images showed the fracture completely healed with a band of healthy new bone. “I’m a bus driver not a surgeon, but it was as clear as day that the bone looked completely different. What’s more my surgeon said that as far as he was concerned, I had the all clear.”
Mark left the hospital and headed straight to his employer to find out if he still had a job. After all the set-backs, the news that Mark could rejoin the company as soon as his physiotherapy was complete gave him a new outlook. "A broken arm doesn’t sound like much, but the consequences of a simple slip were unimaginable for me and I am convinced the EXOGEN made all the difference to speeding up the healing process. process. Not only did it work, I was able to take a role in my own treatment, which after being helpless for so long made a huge difference to how I faced each day”.
Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice.