General Guideline Principles for Electrical Bone
Growth Stimulators for workers compensation patients

The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators.

These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators

The list of pre-authorized treatments does not contain electrical bone growth stimulators. To carry out one of these treatments, providers must first get pre-authorization from the carrier.

  1. Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators a supplement to spinal fusion surgery

    Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators are recommended for patients who are at high risk for pseudoarthrosis as a supplement to spinal fusion surgery.

    Indications: Add at least one and more of the following risk factors for fusion failure:

    • one or more unsuccessful spinal fusion attempts (s)
    • Grade II spondylolisthesis or worse
    • Fusion to be carried out at several levels

      any risk factors present that might contribute to non-healing

      • now smoking
      • Diabetes
      • kidney disease
      • The likelihood of bone healing in other metabolic illnesses
      • Alcoholism in progress
      • BMI >4 for morbid obesity
      • compromised (e.g.: significant osteoporosis)
  2. Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators as a course of action for those whose spinal fusion has failed

    Electrical Bone Growth Stimulators are recommended as a course of action for those whose spinal fusion has failed. A failed spinal fusion has not recovered at least six months after the first surgery, as shown by serial x-rays taken over three months in the second half of the healing period.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation injury

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.


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