Avascular necrosis is a complicated and frustrated condition, which has been treated with stem cell therapy. Avascular necrosis (AVN) sometimes referred to as osteonecrosis, is a condition in which an area of bone losses the blood supply and as a result the region of bone dies or becomes necrotic. Avascular or ischemic refers to the loss of blood supply.
Trauma is the leading cause of avascular necrosis (AVN). However, AVN may arise spontaneously, which is referred to as idiopathic AVN.
Some estimate 100,000 new cases of AVN occur each year, and California is the most populated state in the United States. Dr. Dennis Lox has an office in Beverly Hills, California in which he treats patients with avascular necrosis. These patients may be athletes or develop AVN as a result of various risk factors. Dr. Lox has treated patients from all over the world with stem cell therapy for avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis.
Risk Factors For AVN
Excessive corticosteroids (cortisone)
Excessive Alcohol consumption
Decompression sickness (Caisson’s Disease)
Sickle cell disease
Pseudonyms for Avascular Necrosis
Avascular necrosis is complicated by the fact that the necrotic region of bone may collapse leading to rapid joint degenerative arthritis. This often leads to recommendations for joint replacement surgery.
Stem cell therapy for AVN or osteonecrosis may an option for some patients, as an alternative to joint replacement surgery.
Common Joints Affected
Any bone can potentially develop AVN.
The hip is the most commonly affected joint, followed by the shoulder and knee.
Dr. Lox has treated ankle and wrist AVN as well. Sometimes both hips are affected or less commonly a hip and a knee. Severe cases can present in multiple joints in a diffuse pattern. This is generally the result of a disease process or severe affliction of AVN due to multiple high dose steroid treatments.
Stem cell treatment for AVN of the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or wrist is available at Dr. Dennis Lox’s Beverly Hills, California office.
Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, and treats athletes and patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal symptoms and arthritis with stem cell therapy in Beverly Hills.