USE ELF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS IN ORTHOPAEDICS.

F. Giancecchi, G. Fontanesi, A. Dal Monte, G. Poli, R. Rotini, R. Cadossi

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Abstract

The authors summarize their experience in treating congenital and acquired pseudarthrosis; avascular necrosis of the femural head; and mechanical loosening of cemented total hip endoprostheses. The patients were treated at home with low-frequency pulsing electromagnetic fields for 10-12 hours every day. Of those with congenital pseudarthrosis, 87% were healed, as were 85% of those with acquired pseudarthrosis. Of the 15 patients treated for avascular necrosis of the femural head only two were operated on and pain was significantly relieved in the remaining 13. Of the 12 patients affected by loosening of cemented endoprostheses, relief from pain was obtained in only one case and the treatment had no effect in the remaining 11.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual Conference
EditorsJames L. Semmlow, Walter Welkowitz
PublisherIEEE
Pages165-167
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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