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Exogen Bone Stimulator for Fractures


For fractures that prove difficult to heel, including stress fractures, Mr Gordon has expertise in using the novel Exogen ultrasound device.

Faster healing for broken bones

The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is the clinically tested, FDA-approved treatment for indicated bone fractures. Using painless ultrasound waves, EXOGEN may help heal broken bones by speeding up your body’snatural repair process. In just 20 minutes a day, you can help ensure healing for stubborn-to-heal bone fractures or an indicated freshly broken tibia or broken radius. It’s faster healing for broken bones — and less hassle for you.

A broken bone slows you down. Whether you’ve fractured your leg or your smallest toe, you know life won’t be normal until you heal.

But did you also know there’s a way to help accelerate your healing process? It’s called EXOGEN, and it could get you back on your feet — or your toes, or your leg — sooner.

The details

EXOGEN uses safe, painless ultrasound waves to activate cells near the site of your break. The waves stimulate your body’s healing cells, speeding its natural repair process. And it works in just 20 minutes a day, so you can help your fracture heal on a tight schedule.

The data

Clinical studies have demonstrated that EXOGEN accelerates the healing of indicated* fresh fractures by 38%.2,12 It has also been shown to heal 86% of non-union* fractures1 — stubborn breaks that are not healing and might otherwise require surgery.

EXOGEN has been demonstrated to improve fracture healing in people who are older, obese or use tobacco.11,18,27 People who have these conditions are more likely to experience delayed bone healing. EXOGEN may accelerate the healing process by as much as 50% for patients who smoke.11

The difference

EXOGEN is the only bone growth stimulator available today that’s approved to treat indicated* fresh fractures. It also has a demonstrated heal rate of 86% for non-union* fractures,1 and it offers a fast, effective treatment time: just 20 minutes daily.

How Does It Work?

When it comes to healing a broken bone, your body usually knows what to do. But if the broken bone healing process doesn’t happen fast enough or never starts, EXOGEN may help.

Breaking down broken bone healing
To understand how EXOGEN works, first take a look at your body’s process for healing a broken bone.

When a bone breaks, your body sends white blood cells to the fracture site. The white blood cells remove debris9,28 in the area and create inflammation — the first step in broken bone healing.

Next, your body creates a callus around the fracture to bridge the break. This callus is really just fibrous tissue, and it hardens over time.

The final step in healing a broken bone is remodeling, when your body replaces the connective callus with new, more compact bone. Remodeling makes bones stronger.

EXOGEN: Helping speed each step of the broken bone healing process3

To help heal bones faster or simply start healing bones that won’t heal on their own,* EXOGEN emits low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound waves at the site of your break. Demonstrated in laboratory tests to jumpstart your body’s natural healing process, these waves move through your skin and soft tissue to stimulate critical cells.

EXOGEN has been shown to work at every stage of healing3 by:

  • Encouraging your cells (osteoclasts and macrophages) to remove bony debris and bacteria9,28
  • Stimulating immature bone marrow to produce the bone and cartilage cells necessary to heal broken bones5,7,29
  • Speeding up the maturation and solidification of formed bone28

EXOGEN is approved by the FDA, so you can trust that it’s both safe and effective. It has been demonstrated to help accelerate the broken bone healing process for indicated* fresh fractures. It has also been demonstrated to effectively help heal broken bones that have stopped healing, known as non-union* fractures.

Evidence shows that it’s never too early or too late to use EXOGEN to help heal bones.3 Talk to your doctor about EXOGEN today.

How Much Does it Cost?

If you are insured, your insurer may cover the cost of the device, please check with them first. If you are not insured, please contact the Exogen UK supplier, Bioventus International on 00800 02 04 06 08 (free phone), to request a quote for purchasing the machine. Mr Gordon does not supply the Exogen device. If you would like to see if you would be a candidate for Exogen or have an Exogen and would like your treatment under Mr Gordon, please call Helen Sellars, Mr Gordon’s PA on 020 7993 2373 or [javascript protected email address]for a quote.


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