How Much Does an Exogen Bone Healing System Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

An exogen bone stimulator is a bone healing treatment that is non-invasive, using low-intensity ultrasound pulses toward a fractured area.

It is considered to be a painless, effective and safe procedure that hastens the natural healing process of a fractured bone.

Commonly used for repairing fractures that can’t be healed naturally, the treatment lasts for a few months or until the fracture has visible signs of healing.

Exogen 4000 37 by Stacyz76, on Flickr
Exogen 4000 37” (CC BY 2.0) by Stacyz76

How much does an Exogen bone healing system cost?

On average, the costs vary depending on the retailer and the version. The costs, from what we researched, could be anywhere from $180 to $600 for a slightly used device on eBay to as much as $3,000+ for a new unit.  These are prices for those who don’t have health insurance.  These are the costs for the unit alone and will not include the costs associated with future treatment options if necessary.

A bone stimulator may be covered by your insurance as long as their documentation of the non-union fracture for more than 90 days.  Check with your insurance company to see if they do cover, and if so, what you will be responsible for in terms of payments.

The company, according to this PDF, the Exogen product unit can cost $2,950 on average, but according to this member on, he was quoted $5,000 for his new unit.

As for slightly used models, the costs can range from $200 to $350, according to these active eBay listings.

Exogen bone healing system overview

The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is an FDA-approved, clinically tested device that uses painless ultrasound waves near the site of your break to help activate the cells.  These waves stimulate your body’s healing cells, which, in turn, speed up the natural repair process.

What are the extra costs?

The cost estimates above are for the unit only.  In case of failure, the same PDF sourced earlier noted you should be prepared to pay close to $25,000 without insurance for a surgical procedure to increase your probability of success.

Aside from the possibility of surgery, you should also budget for the initial consultations, x-rays and follow-up visits.  All situations are unique, so your additional costs will greatly vary.

A battery for the device, which has been known to be replaced through its life, can cost $30 to $50 each.

Tips to know

The bone healing system, in order to receive one, is only available by prescription from either a physician or surgeon who can determine if the device is right for your situation.

Treatments are only 20 minutes per day and patients are encouraged to download the EXOGEN CONNECTS smartphone app — an app which allows you to help use the device consistently as prescribed.  It sends reminders and helpful information when using it daily.

Exogen has been said to demonstrate an 86 percent heal rate for non-union fractures and may help reduce the necessity of non-union surgeries.  It has also been noted to speed the healing of indicated fresh fractures.

The FDA has approved the device to be used for up to 180 days.  After the time is up, an error code, often displaying “no treatment remaining” will display, preventing it from using it for safety purposes.  The company also doesn’t want you to use it on new fractures that may have occurred.

In 2009, there was an Exogen 4000 recall, according to the FDA.

How can I save money?

The manufacturer claims that their unit may help you save as much as $15,000 per case as it can help reduce costs associated with outpatient care, surgery and other related device costs.

As one of the many name branded bone stimulators on the market, be sure to compare other options from Biomet, OrthoPak, EBI, Orthofix and DJ Orthopedics.

While used units can be found on eBay, people recommend avoiding doing so as they are not considered to be reusable and once activated, they only work for a limited amount of time.  As mentioned above, you will more than likely experience an error code when using.  According to someone who has used one in the past, they are only good for six months once activated, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Some medical supply companies may offer the device for rent.  The companies we researched often started their rates at $375 per three months or 90 uses.

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  1. JR (Grand Rapids,  Michigan) paid $5000 and said:

    I had expected a rental ultrasound bone healing system covered by Medicare. However Exogen sent new equipment, charged Medicare $5,000, and Medicare paid all but $867.00. Had I known, I never would have accepted since I’m unable to pay. Was it worth it? I don’t know. I had had a 6 hour operation prior to receiving the ultrasound stimulator and I participate in physical therapy. I suspect that my success is from a combination of the treatments.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Kathleen (Bay Shore,  New York) paid $5000 and said:

    quoted 5000- insurance to cover 70% I’m responsible for 1500.00 a lot of money

    Was it worth it? Yes

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