Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 224–227 | Cite as

Non-invasive treatment of long-bone pseudarthrosis by shock waves (ESWLR)

  • R. Schleberger
  • T. Seng
Original Articles


Non-invasive treatment of non-union of diaphyses by application of the shock waves known from lithotripsy has proved successful in three out of four cases. Two thousand shock waves with a single-wave energy of 18 kV were applied by the MFL 5000 and HM3 Lithotripters of the Dornier Medizintechnik Company with manual detection of the lesion. The shock waves induced a kind of callus formation in the non-union soft tissue within about 6 weeks, which was succesfully maintained and transformed into bony union in all cases but one by dynamic fixation less rigid than a plaster cast. Four cases are documented and the effects of the shock waves and principles of bony union discussed.


Public Health Soft Tissue Shock Wave Callus Formation Plaster Cast 
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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Schleberger
    • 1
  • T. Seng
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Ruhr University BochumSt. Josef-HospitalBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of UrologyRuhr UniversityBochumGermany

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