Does the Rebuilder Treatment System Treat Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

  • Medical Author:
    Standiford Helm II, MD

    Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. Dr. Helm is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Helm is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), the only certifying agency which tests the ability to perform interventional pain procedures. Dr. Helm is also an examiner for FIPP.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Ask the experts

I have seen the Rebuilder Treatment System sold on the Internet. It claims to effectively treat neuropathy. The company states this device is FDA approved. Has it been scientifically proven to be safe and effective?

Doctor's response

The FDA is concerned about the safety of devices. In this instance, the device has a 510(K) "approval," which means that it is "substantially equivalent" to another device which had previously been shown to be safe. Medical devices must have some form of FDA approval prior to being marketed. Since this device is approved, it is legal to market it. The 501(K)approval says nothing about the effectiveness of the device. Effectiveness is a separate issue not addressed by the FDA. It is up to the purchaser to determine whether the information provided is sufficient to document effectiveness.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

"Overview of polyneuropathy"
UpToDate.com


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Reviewed on 9/14/2017

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