New Website Launched for Patients With Broken Bones

September 29, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. and DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — A new website designed to help thousands of patients with broken bones has been launched by Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN).

An estimated 6.8 million fractures happen annually in the USA, resulting in 14 million visits to emergency rooms or medical facilities at a cost of around $21 billion(1). One in every 100 people experience a broken bone each year and up to 10% may suffer from delayed healing, preventing them from regaining their lives quickly.

www.exogen.com provides information about broken bones and the healing process, including tips from healthcare professionals on how patients may be able to aid recovery.

The website also explains risk factors that can delay bone healing, such as smoking(2), diabetes and obesity. Some broken bones may be less likely to heal because of their location — the clavicle (collarbone), scaphoid (joining the wrist to the hand), tibia (shinbone), and 5th metatarsal (small toe bone).

For patients prescribed with the Smith & Nephew EXOGEN(TM) Ultrasound Bone Healing System(3) to aid their recovery, www.exogen.com explains how the clinically proven(3) technology works – complete with real-life patient success stories. EXOGEN(TM) is the only device approved to accelerate the healing of indicated(4) fresh fractures.

Brett Crist, MD, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon and Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, said: “Patients want to be active earlier and return to normal function as soon as possible after a fracture. As a result, they are motivated to learn about fracture healing and how the treatments we prescribe are going to help them. For today’s patient, the internet is often the first place they go — the new website will be very useful for both patients and physicians.”

Janie Bates, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Nephew Clinical Therapies, added: “We spend a lot of time listening to the needs of healthcare professionals and their patients, and the new bone healing website is a direct result. More people want an active role in their recovery and to understand the treatment their physician is prescribing. www.exogen.com can help in both these instances because it is designed to answer a wide range of bone healing questions and is available 24/7.”

Editors notes:

  1. Forbes magazine estimated the annual cost of broken bones in the USA at $21 billion.
  2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are an estimated 43( )million smokers in the USA, nearly 24 million people suffering from diabetes and obesity has risen to over 20% of the population in almost every State.
  3. The EXOGEN(TM) Ultrasound Bone Healing System is #1 in fracture stimulation market share, based on publicly available company reports (2008). It is the only device approved to accelerate healing of indicated( )(see item 4 below) fractures. It is an ultrasound technology that you apply directly to skin at the fracture site for 20 minutes a day. When used according to instructions on indicated(4) fresh fractures, EXOGEN may speed healing by up to 38%(1). When applied according to instructions to fractures that will not heal( )(see item 5 below), it has succeeded in 86% of cases(2). In addition, patients with indicated fresh fractures who used EXOGEN treatment were able to have their casts removed an average of 22% sooner than patients with no bone healing device(1). References: 1 Heckman JD, Ryaby JP, McCabe J, Frey JJ, Kilcoyne RF. Acceleration of tibial fracture-healing by non-invasive, low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1994 Jan;76(1):26-34: 2 Nolte PA, van der Krans A, Patka P, Janssen IM, Ryaby JP, Albers GH. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound in the treatment of *nonunions. J Trauma. 2001 Oct;51(4):693-703.
  4. The EXOGEN System is indicated for the non-invasive treatment of established *nonunions, excluding skull and vertebra. In addition, it is indicated for accelerating healing in fresh fractures of the distal radius (fractures of the end of the large bone in the forearm) and tibial diaphysis (fractures in the middle 80% of the large bone in the lower leg).
  5. A *nonunion is considered established when the fracture site shows no visibly progressive signs of healing.

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