[Electrical stimulation devices to treat delayed unions and pseudarthrosis]

Pichon Riviere A, Augustovski F, Garcia Marti S, Glujovsky D, Lopez A, Rey-Ares L, Bardach A, Regueiro A, Alcaraz A, Valanzasca P
Record ID 32011000970
Authors' objectives:

To assess the evidence available on the safety, efficacy and other issues related to the coverage policies for the use of electrical stimulation devices to treat delayed unions and pseudarthrosis.

Authors' recommendations: The studies found were of poor methodological quality due to the small number of patients included and to design deficiencies. The most commonly used device was PEMF and most patients presented pseudarthrosis, mainly of the tibia. Although there seems to be a tendency to higher healing rates when electrical stimulation devices are associated with standard care, mainly in some groups of patients, there is not enough evidence to determine the benefit of this technology to treat delayed union and pseudarthrosis. Clinical trials with adequate methodological quality and a bigger number of patients are required to determine the real benefit of electrical stimulation devices in this prevalent condition.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2011
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Argentina
MeSH Terms
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Pseudarthrosis
Organisation Name: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy
Contact Address: Dr. Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires - Argentina, C1414 CABA
Contact Name: info@iecs.org.ar
Contact Email: info@iecs.org.ar
Copyright: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)
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