A Survey of Orthopaedic Traumatologists Concerning the Use of Bone Growth Stimulators


The purpose of the study was to determine the attitudes of members of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) concerning the use and efficacy of bone growth stimulators. A questionnaire regarding bone growth stimulators was sent to the active members of the OTA. Descriptive statistics was performed using frequencies and percentages. All analyses were performed using Stata for Linux, version 8.0 (Intercooled Stata, Stata Corporation; College Station, TX). A response rate of 43% was obtained. Respondents indicated that they only occasionally used bone stimulators for the treatment of acute fractures and stress fractures. A majority of respondents have utilized stimulators for the treatment of delayed unions and nonunions. It was concluded that many members of the OTA utilize bone stimulators for delayed unions and nonunions, but not routinely for the treatment of acute fractures or stress fractures. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 16(1):1–4, 2007)

Robert D. Zura, MD, Beau Sasser, MD, Vani Sabesan, MD, Ricardo Pietrobon, MD,
PhD, Michael C. Tucker, MD,and Steven A. Olson, MD