What is BIOSTIM SPT® therapy?
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy is a bone growth stimulation device which enhances fracture healing.
When BIOSTIM SPT® therapy indicated?
If, after trauma a fracture does not show progression towards healing after more than 3 months, BIOSTIM SPT® therapy can be adopted to trigger osteogenesis and to finalise the repair process.
How does BIOSTIM SPT® therapy work?
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy delivers a pulsed electromagnetic fields that induces at the fracture site an electric field that triggers bone healing.
The treatment efficacy depends on the physical parameters of the electromagnetic signal: 75 Hz, 1.3 ms pulse duration, 2 mT magnetic field.
In summary, BIOSTIM SPT® therapy biophysical signal acts on the cell membrane favouring the release of calcium ions from the endoplasmic reticulum.
The localised increase in calcium triggers the bone repair process.
How to know if BIOSTIM SPT® therapy is working properly?
The device is switched on by placing the button in position "I" (ON) and BIOSTIM SPT® therapy commences normal operation.
A green light will illuminate to indicate that the generator is on and powered and, at the same time a second green light will illuminate indicating the presence of the solenoid driving signal.
Once the therapy is over, deactive the device by putting the switch in the "O" position (OFF) and disconnect the power supply from the socket.
Is BIOSTIM SPT® therapy safe?
Its biological and electrical safety are widely documented.
Thousands of patients have successfully used BIOSTIM SPT® therapy in the absence of negative side effects.
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy is manufactured in compliance with the IEC 60601-1 standards, meets the requirements of directive 93/42/EEC and it is CE0051 marked.
What does BIOSTIM SPT® therapy feel like and what effect does it have on daily activities?
The patient does not feel the presence of the electromagnetic field generated by BIOSTIM SPT® therapy.
To guarantee the effectiveness of the therapy, the treatment parameters (in compliance with the CEI EN 60601-1-11 standard) are preset and can not be changed, even accidentally, by the patient.
Does the Biostim SPT® therapy coil (applied part) work through clothes?
Yes, in fact it is not advisable to put the applied part (coil) in direct contact with the skin.
We would advise placing the applied part (coil) on top of clothing or dressings.
How long does daily treatment last?
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy recommended daily treatment regime consists of 8 hours per day preferably during the night (the treatment can be split in 4 sessions of 2 hours).
The attending physician will specify the total duration of the therapy in accordance to the pathology being treated.
Should BIOSTIM SPT® therapy be used at the same time every day?
No, treatment can be carried out at any time of day.
Daily treatment may be split into several shorter sessions, provided they are at least 2 hours per session.
What happens if I miss a treatment session?
It is advised to recommence the treatment program as soon as possible.
How long does healing take with BIOSTIM® therapy?
Treatment length depends on the severity of and length time since fracture.
The doctor prescribes the therapy based on his experience and on the results of clinical trials.
Before discontinuing therapy, even if there are clear signs of improvement, it is always necessary to firstly consult your doctor.
The constant daily use of BIOSTIM SPT® therapy and the continuity of treatment until recovery is essential to promote the healing process.
Can BIOSTIM SPT® therapy be used by patients with a pace-maker?
Yes, however coils should be positioned at least 50 cm away from pace-maker.
In this situation, Cardiologist advice is recommended.
Can BIOSTIM SPT® therapy be used during pregnancy?
The effects of BIOSTIM SPT® therapy pulsed electromagnetic fields during pregnancy have not been investigated and, therefore, Physician advice is recommended.
Does BIOSTIM SPT® therapy need special care or specific maintenance?
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy is prepared and shipped to patients ready for use. No intervention or maintenance is required.
To guarantee the reliability of performance, BIOSTIM SPT® therapy should be subjected to ordinary maintenance procedures and a control of the operating parameters (to be performed by the IGEA Service Centre) every 24 months of use (Guide IEC 62-122).
Does BIOSTIM SPT® therapy have contraindications or side effects?
BIOSTIM SPT® therapy has no contraindications or side effects.
The experience gained in treating over 300,000 patients guarantees the safety of all IGEA therapies.
I am a cancer patient, can I still use BIOSTIM SPT® therapy?
In patients with oncological diseases the use of BIOSTIM SPT® therapy is not contraindicated.
However, we would advise you to consult your doctor.