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What is an EBI bone stimulator?

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An EBI bone stimulator is a machine that promotes growth of new bone and healing of injured bone, according to Dr. Thomas J. Haverbush. Three different bone growth technologies used in the machines from EBI Electrobiology, Inc., gained FDA approval for human use in 1978.

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Dr. Haverbush notes that the EBI Bone Healing System is a safe and effective way of promoting the healing of bone breaks that have not healed on their own. There are no known side effects associated with the treatment, and the patient does not feel any sensation resulting from the treatment. The three technologies include pulsed electromagnetic field, consisting of a coil incorporated into the cast; capacitive coupling electrical stimulation, using a small stimulator unit for spinal fusions; and direct current, implanted at the time of surgery. Direct current includes a small generator attached to cathodes that are placed in the area that needs bone stimulation.

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