The Biker Who Wouldn't Take No For An Answer
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.
Motocross fanatic Michael Todd from Shropshire was out doing what he loved best when his life changed – on the bike he had bought by saving up birthday money and rebuilt using his skills as a welder. Rounding a corner on a country track he collided head-on with a friend. Despite wearing full protection, Michael’s leg was shattered, with his shin bone (tibia) comprehensively fractured in several places. Amazingly, his friend was completely unharmed.
Immediately after the accident Michael managed to calmly call his mother on his mobile before the pain set in; “I just sort of sat there chatting to my mum. I was more upset about whether I could fix my bike, everyone else seemed to be the ones panicking”, he said.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was exactly what I hoped I would see and I was happy and upset at the same time; I could have had this months ago and I’d had lost all that time, I’d lost my job and everything else.”
He was rushed to the Princess Royal Hospital in Wellington where he underwent emergency surgery, requiring metal implants to stabilise the bone. He was discharged after a week, and tried to adjust to his situation while waiting for the healing to begin. Recalled Michael, “It was horrible, I couldn’t even see my friends in the next street. I was bed-ridden and taking all kinds of painkillers.”
As weeks became months and his X-rays revealed no sign of healing, Michael admits he felt angry at what he considered was a too-relaxed attitude from his hospital. “It just seemed to be ‘oh well, make another appointment and we’ll see’ but I was the one going up the wall”, he said.
Michael’s friends encouraged him to see another surgeon at Shrewsbury Infirmary, who told him about the EXOGEN ultrasound device—which has been shown to have the same success rate as surgery with no known risk to the patient of complications, provided the bones are well aligned and firmly fixed.
“Suddenly here was someone saying they thought they had an answer and your hopes are lifted", said Michael. “I was very emotional, it was the first time in over a year that someone had said to me that there might be a way out. All I’d had was one knock-back after another and there were times when I thought I might lose my leg, plus the daily grind of living with the pain and worry.”
Although EXOGEN cost less than an operation, Michael’s surgeon had to make a special case to the local Primary Care Trust for buying an EXOGEN device.
Three months after he began using the device, an X-ray of his tibia showed what Michael describes as “like candy floss in the gaps where the bone was broken, sort of fuzzy areas.” What he was looking at was new bone growth, the first since the accident nearly 16 months earlier.
He doesn’t mind admitting that he burst into tears at the sight. “I couldn’t believe it, it was exactly what I hoped I would see and I was happy and upset at the same time; I could have had this months ago and I’d had lost all that time, I’d lost my job and everything else”.
Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice.