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Michael Gfeller

December 9, 2019
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EXOGEN Helps an Active Runner Return to the Race

This patient testimonial is representative of an approved indication for use of EXOGEN in Canada. This may not be representative of a USA FDA approved indication for use of EXOGEN in the United States.

Situation:

Halifax, N.S., Canada — In September 2019, Michael Gfeller was preparing to participate in his dream race in Switzerland. The Jungfrau Marathon. He was training to run up a mountain.

A kinesiologist by profession, Michael is passionate about competitive running and coaching endurance athletes to achieve their goals. In May 2018 however, the pain in his leg “got so bad, I couldn’t make it to the end of the driveway,” he explained.

As Michael described it, that was just the beginning of his journey. A colleague recommended that he get an X-ray. Eventually, a CT scan in July revealed he had a tibia stress fracture. At the time, Michael was trying to maintain his fitness by cycling and swimming, but even that became painful.

Michael was prescribed the use of an air cast and six to eight weeks rest. After that, he was sent for more imaging. There was no improvement and Michael was referred to an Orthopaedic surgeon and advised to use crutches.

“I thought I was young and invincible,” he said. “I was so itchy to exercise, I felt like I was going backwards.” By November, Michael’s latest CT scan revealed no evidence of healing. “That was pretty discouraging. I felt like I wasted a whole season of training.”

 

“It’s a worthwhile investment to get your life back.”

Michael Gfeller

Solution:
After six months without progress, Michael’s spouse recommended that he ask his doctor about EXOGEN. As a physiotherapist she thought the device might help, Michael explained. “She is focused on evidence-based medicine.”

Success:
Michael began using EXOGEN at the end of November and did not miss a treatment day until he got the results he was hoping for. In February 2019, Michael was healed. “I had 100% compliance,” he said. “It was straight forward and easy.”

“It is emotionally hard knowing that you have to lean on other people. My wife cut the grass all season and I had to pay my neighbor in beer to shovel my driveway” he joked. “It’s humbling and discouraging to have to lean on other people more than you want to.”

After the good news, Michael was back to training. It took him eight weeks to be able to run continuously without walking breaks. By June, he ran 102 kilometers in an endurance trail race.

“[EXOGEN] was the push I needed,” he said. “It’s a worthwhile investment to get your life back.”

Disclaimer: Information presented in patient testimonials is representative of a specific patient experience only and is not medical advice.

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Greg Olsen

April 1, 2019
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With his season on the line, All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen used EXOGEN to get back on the field

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Magnus Moan

March 14, 2018
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How Norwegian World Cup and Olympic skiing athlete Magnus Moan got back on track with EXOGEN

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Bobby V.

February 27, 2018
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Back on the Bike Thanks to EXOGEN

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

Situation:
Living in the Atlanta-suburbs, Bobby V. is the Director of Finance for a running specialty retailer in the area. Married with two daughters, he enjoys running and cycling in his free time. An avid runner for 45 years, he listens to his body and when he needs a break from the pounding, he gets on his bike to stay fit. In late October of 2016, he was cycling when his front wheel hit an object that wasn’t plainly visible. He hit it so hard that he flew right over the handlebars of his bike.

« I was on the ground, looking up and wondering what had just happened,” said Bobby. “Several bystanders stopped to see if I was alright and one offered to call 911. I thought I was okay and would ride home, but then realized I couldn’t squeeze the back brake handle of my bike. »

His elbow had taken the worst of it. Not wanting to risk riding home injured, he called his wife to pick him up and then decided to put ice on his elbow, thinking he’d feel better in the morning.
Feeling worse the next day, he visited an orthopaedic surgeon in his area who took an X-ray and diagnosed his right arm with a radial head fracture.

« He fitted me with a compression sleeve, sent me home and asked me to come back in four weeks for another X-ray »

« If anyone finds themselves with a fracture that won’t heal and surgery is recommended, they should consider a device like EXOGEN. It worked for me and not enough people know of this noninvasive treatment that allows you to avoid a more serious procedure! »

In the days following, the pain in his elbow was so bad, it kept him up at night. He visited his doctor a week later and was advised that this was not unusual and his injury was just going to take time to heal. After five more days of continued extreme pain, Bobby decided to get a second opinion.

The second orthopaedic surgeon advised that the diagnosis was correct, but the treatment was not going to foster healing of the fracture, and the key issue was immobilization. Bobby would not heal unless his arm was immobile so his new doctor put him in a full arm cast. He also told Bobby that because of the two week delay in immobilizing the fracture, he may be at risk of a nonunion.

Solution:
Four weeks later, another X-ray showed the joint was still properly immobilized, but did not show any healing. Bobby’s doctor replaced his full arm cast with one that would stretch from his knuckles up to his right elbow so he could better rotate his wrist and not put so much pressure on his elbow joint.

After another four weeks, the X-rays still showed no healing. It was now 10 weeks since his injury and they talked about the reasons why the bone was not healing; including the immobilization delay, the trauma to the bone itself and possible natural lack of blood flow to the area of injury.

Bobby V

Reasons aside, Bobby was running out of options on how he might heal his fracture.

“There were two pieces of bone at the fracture site and neither one showed signs of healing. My doctor began to talk with me about surgery to repair my nonunion,” said Bobby. “But I wanted to avoid surgery and so I asked him what other options might be available and that’s when he asked me if I’d heard of bone stimulators.”

A short while later, Bobby heard from a Bioventus sales representative who met with him to review his X-rays and show him how to use the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Stimulator.

“By this time, the doctor had taken me out of a cast and put me into a brace so I would not risk losing full range of motion and I began to use EXOGEN,” said Bobby. “I took this very seriously and had a set time each night for my treatments.”

Six weeks later, he visited his doctor who took X-rays and observed healing on the larger piece of bone that was broken, but not on the smaller piece.

“EXOGEN was working for me and I was showing progress, but my doctor was concerned about this smaller piece of bone,” said Bobby. “He advised me that a CAT scan would provide more detail about this piece of bone that would inform a decision of leaving it in, having surgery to reattach it, or having surgery to remove it.”

Bobby pushed back on the CAT scan and wanted to wait and continue his EXOGEN treatments.

Success:
After another six weeks of treatment. Bobby returned to the office for X-rays.

“My doctor looked at the X-ray and said he saw something,” said Bobby. “When I asked him to be more specific, he showed me the X-rays and as we looked at it from different angles we could see the healing and his exact words to me were, ‘You sir, have dodged the surgery bullet.’”

Learning EXOGEN was working and he could avoid surgery was a great relief to Bobby. He needed this injury to heal as he’d been sidelined too long from that bike accident. By April, after roughly four months of treatment, Bobby was able to do 30 pushups and be much more active than he had been.

“I was released from physical therapy and allowed to do most anything except biking or lifting of heavy weights,” he said. “I continued my EXOGEN treatments until the end of May and learned I was fully healed.”

A key to Bobby’s recovery was his dedication and commitment to following the directions of his doctor, his physical therapist and being compliant in using EXOGEN. He was determined to follow all instructions to the letter so he would have the greatest chance at healing.

“If anyone finds themselves with a fracture that won’t heal and surgery is recommended, they should consider a device like EXOGEN. It worked for me and not enough people know of this noninvasive treatment that allows you to avoid a more serious procedure.”.

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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Erick Brundidge

February 8, 2018
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EXOGEN Helps Football Player Get Back On The Field

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James Curtis

February 8, 2018
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EXOGEN Heals Shattered Arm

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:
James Curtis, his wife and pet cat make their home in Verdun, Quebec, which is a suburb of Montreal. For 32 years, he’s been working as night manager and night auditor for businesses in the area. Then in July 2016, when James was three weeks into a new job as a night manager at a local hotel, he fell into some trouble – literally. After getting off the bus to work James was walking along a sidewalk when he stepped into a rather deep hole that was hard to see in the dark.

“It was unexpected and I went up in the air and landed hard on my arm,” remembers James. “I knew it was broken and I had never experienced so much pain.”

After an ambulance trip to the hospital and an X-ray, James learned that his humerus was broken and that below his elbow, the ulna and radius were shattered.


X-ray of James Curtis’ fractures.

“On a ratings scale, my satisfaction with EXOGEN is at 10-plus!”

“A surgeon was called in at 4:30 that morning and said that he had never seen anything so bad in his 35 years of practicing medicine,” said James. “He told me they would have to operate within the next eight hours or I would lose mobility in my arm.”

The surgery lasted 4 ½ hours and two days later as he was recovering, a second surgeon on the hospital staff visited him and advised the first surgery hadn’t gone as well as they had hoped. James was advised that he would need additional surgery and it would take place later that day. This second
surgery lasted another 3 ½ hours.

James Curtis

Solution:
After two weeks of recovery in the hospital, James was discharged. Even though he was severely injured, he went back to work.

“I was in tremendous pain and in a cast, but I decided to get back to my job,” said James. “I had just started the new job prior to the accident. They loved what I was doing and told me to come back when I was ready. It was very motivating.”

At this same time, his doctor prescribed the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System to help heal the bones in his arm and advised him to begin physical therapy. James met with a Quebec-based Bioventus sales representative who fit him with the device and showed him where to place the unit on his fracture sites to ensure it would stimulate bone healing.

“I had never heard of EXOGEN, but per my doctor’s instructions I began using it in late August,” said James. “They told me the arm would never return to normal and I accepted that, but I was determined to get my arm to heal as best I could. So I made sure I used it every day.”

The portability and ease of use of EXOGEN made that goal very achievable for James. “It was so simple to use and fit treatments into my day,” he said.

Success:
During the first hours after his second surgery, James was told he had three times the amount of metal in his arm compared to a typical patient. He wondered about his new job, caring for his wife and if he would ever be able to use his arm again.

However, he would not accept defeat. He got to work healing his fractures with help from EXOGEN.

“My cast came off just before Christmas and I have continued daily treatments into the first few weeks of 2017,” said James “I still have some issues related to range of motion, but am so happy my arm is movable. I feel like I have 70-75% of the mobility I had prior to the accident.”

On top of that, in a February 2017 visit with his doctor he learned the fractures in the arm were 99% fully healed.

“On a ratings scale, my satisfaction with EXOGEN is at 10-plus,” said James.

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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Richard Lee

February 8, 2018
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EXOGEN Helps an Active Hiker Return to the Trails

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

Situation:
Richard Lee is an environmental services director at a rehabilitation facility in northern Massachusetts. The 62 year-old raised his three adult children in the Northeast while living an active lifestyle vacationing in Cape Cod, riding bikes, and hiking mountains up to 5,000 feet in elevation.

While getting his summer cottage in Cape Cod prepared for seasonal rentals, Richard lost his balance power washing the siding and hit the ground hard.

“I was standing on the third step getting ready to pressure wash the place when I turned to pull the slack on the hose toward me and tried to maintain my balance by twisting my foot as far as I could,” recalls Richard.

As his foot kept turning, he heard a snap and the next thing he knew he was on the ground with immediate pain. Unable to put any weight on it, he went to urgent care for treatment. The doctor onsite took an X-ray and told Richard it was just a sprain, he should stay off it when he could and push through the pain over the next few weeks until it healed.

“I’m so thankful that I found out about EXOGEN and that it did its job. You saved me!”

Four weeks later and still unable to walk normally, Richard knew something was still wrong with his foot. After putting weight on it to be able to lift up and scratch his uninjured foot, he heard another sickening snap and had his girlfriend take him directly to an emergency room.
X-rays taken at the ER showed what Richard had thought all along, his foot was broken. It turned out that he had fractured the fifth metatarsal in his foot, and the misdiagnosis left him at risk of a nonunion. The injury was so severe the ER doctor recommended that Richard see an orthopaedic specialist.

Richard saw a specialist a few days later, who confirmed the fracture and suggested he might need surgery involving a screw or bone graft. Already limping around, a surgery would leave Richard off work from his new job and inhibit his active lifestyle even more.
“I’ve been working around healthcare for the majority of my life,” said Richard. “The last thing I wanted to do was go through surgery and end up in rehab.”

Richard Lee

After listening to Richard’s pleas to avoid surgery, his doctor relented and decided to put him in a walking air cast hitting just below his knee. He wore it daily and kept at 90-degree position whenever he could.

Solution:
After being in the walking cast for a month and still worrying his bone was not healing, a friend recommended Richard ask his doctor for an EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System. Richard’s friend had used it the year before on a foot fracture and experienced great results.

“She had done the research, found out about EXOGEN, and it healed her broken foot,” said Richard. “My doctor had not mentioned a bone stimulator to me, so I went back a week later, asked him if I could try EXOGEN.”

Deciding the fracture was now a nonunion, his doctor agreed to Richard’s request and wrote him a prescription for EXOGEN. A local Bioventus sales representative met Richard at the doctor’s office to fit him with the device and show him how to use it.

“I made sure to get my treatment at the same time every night for 20 minutes,” said Richard. “And while EXOGEN was working I watched YouTube videos or read articles on my smartphone. It was so easy and the treatment went by so fast.”

Success:
Each time he used the device, Richard thought he felt a little better. After four months of treatment and eight months since the initial break, an X-ray confirmed that his foot had completely healed.

These days Richard is back to his roots hiking Mt. Jefferson, driving his standard transmission Corvette with ease, and he even jogged, something he thought was not going to be possible after this injury.

“No surgery, no screw, no months of recovery and rehab,” said Richard. “I’m so thankful that I found out about EXOGEN and that it did its job. You saved me!”

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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