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FES is low-level electrical stimulation used to restore or improve a muscle’s function as treatment for an injury or neurological condition. FES produces movements or functions that mimic the user’s natural voluntary actions.

The brain sends electrical signals through the nervous system to tell the body how to move. When injury or disease disrupts communication between the brain and the lower extremities, muscle weakness or paralysis may result.

Sometimes, a muscle and its nerve supply remain healthy but communication from the brain cannot occur due to a central nervous system problem. In these cases, FES may replace the natural electrical signals from the brain and help the affected body part move again.

With continued stimulation over time, the brain may even recapture the movement and relearn how to perform it without FES.

FES may improve voluntary movement in the affected limb. It may also “reeducate” the muscles of the affected limb, preventing muscle loss (atrophy), improving local blood flow; and helping to maintain or increase joint range of motion.

You may be a candidates for FES if you have paralysis or paresis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or incomplete spinal cord injury. If you may be a candidate for FES, speak with your healthcare provider.

A number of factors affect the potential benefit of FES for an individual, such as the nature and severity of the paralysis/paresis; length of time since the injury occurred or the condition developed; and the frequency of FES treatments.

FES should not hurt. Most users describe FES as causing a tingly sensation. The first step in FES treatment is for the provider to determine the appropriate level of stimulation needed and then gradually increase the intensity over time.

Factors that may affect the FES treatment experience include: the size and position of the FES electrodes; the type of pulse administered; the muscle group stimulated; and the stimulation intensity. The L300 Go’s large electrodes and customized fit should minimize any discomfort during treatment.

Many patients can start FES almost immediately after injury or diagnosis. Clinical studies show that early use of FES may have the best results for functional recovery.1,3,4,7,8 However, FES may offer significant improvements even for patients affected by illness or injury for more than a year before starting FES treatment.9

Consult your healthcare provider before beginning any kind of rehabilitation therapy.

Your healthcare provider will determine how long you should continue FES treatment.

To get the L300 Go for home use, you must have a prescription for therapy and be evaluated by a Bioness-trained healthcare provider.

Your health insurer may cover use of the L300 Go in a clinical setting if the treatment is medically necessary. Your health plan also may cover some or all of the cost of the L300 Go for home use. Please contact your health plan or provider for coverage information.

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Indications for Use: The L300 Go System is intended to provide ankle dorsiflexion in adult and pediatric individuals with foot drop and/or to assist knee flexion or extension in adult individuals with muscle weakness related to upper motor neuron disease/injury (e.g., stroke, damage to pathways to the spinal cord). The L300 Go System electrically stimulates muscles in the affected leg to provide ankle dorsiflexion of the foot and/or knee flexion or extension; thus, it also may improve the individual’s gait.

The L300 Go System may also facilitate muscle re-education, prevent/retard disuse atrophy, maintain or increase joint range of motion, and increase local blood flow.

L300 Go is contraindicated in patients with a demand-type cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator or any electrical implant. Do not use the system on a leg where metallic implant is directly underneath the electrodes, a cancerous lesion is present or suspected, or on a leg with regional disorder (e.g., fracture or dislocation) which could be adversely affected by motion from the stimulation. Use caution in patients with diagnosed or suspected cardiac problems or epilepsy.

Full prescribing information can be found in product labeling or at: www.bionessrehab.com/l300/safety-information.

All revisions of the Instructions for Use / Patient Guides and Reference Cards can be made available upon request.
Contact [email protected] or 800-211-9136 to request an electronic copy.