How to Use a Bone Growth Stimulator for Fracture Healing

by Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

“Hi, my name is Taylor, I’m one of the medical assistants, and today I’m going to show you how to use a bone growth stimulator. When a bone growth stimulator is ordered, this is what your kit will include. We use a bone stimulator for fractures that don’t like to heal, usually after post-ops. If we do a fusion on a bone and it doesn’t like to heal properly, we’ll order one of these for you.

So what you’re going to do is you have the device here, it looks like a little wrap, you’re going to wrap it right around the fracture site. It just velcros right on top of the foot here. This little cap here, you’re going to squeeze the sides and open it up, and inside there’s going to be a little hole. The machine also comes with some gel – so you’re going to want to make sure you keep the gel right in the middle of the foot. You’re going to squeeze a little bit right into the center.

After you apply the gel to the middle of the foot, you’re going to want to put this little device right in the hole here. You’re going to close the cap, but when you close the cap, make sure the wire is where the gap is, otherwise it will not shut all of the way. Pop it right down until you hear the click on both sides, then you’re going to turn on your machine. In the middle there’s a big purple button here – go ahead and hold it down. When it comes on you’re going to see a time flashing. You’re going to set the date and the time to link your procedures up. You’re going to want to do this twice a day, so it allows you to know what time and what day you’re going to do it every time. We’re just going to bypass this today – when you see this timer right here, it starts with 20 minutes. When the timer runs out, the procedure is done.

That’s it! After it’s done, turn it back off, press the sides in again to open it up, and just take everything apart. That is how you do a bone growth stimulator.

Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us. Again, thank you for being our patient and allowing us to be a part of your healthcare team!”

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I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

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Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

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I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

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