A teenager, who developed post traumatic Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip, consulted Dr. Dennis Lox after his family was confounded that there was no option offered except wait till his hip fell apart and get a total hip replacement. This was not acceptable to him or his family, and after researching stem cell therapy. They decided to fly from Canada to treat with Dr. Lox at his Beverly Hills, California office.
Dr. Lox explained the entire process, the process of AVN, and stem cell and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Lox has treated many young and older patients both athletes with post traumatic Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and AVN that arises from other etiologies. Dr. Lox has had several younger patients with post traumatic AVN return to their sport and gets college scholarships after receiving stem cell therapy.
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) arises when blood flow to a region of bone is disrupted (avascular or ischemia) leading to bone cell death (necrosis). This area of necrotic bone may collapse leading to a rapid degeneration of the bone or severe arthritis. This often leads to a recommendation for total joint replacement. Often this results in seeking alternatives to this, and researching stem cell treatments. This is especially more significantly an issue in young patients, or athletes desiring to return to their chosen sport. Young patients who undergo hip or other joint replacement therapy will wear their prosthetic joint out at a young age and lead to another joint replacement. This occurs while still at a relatively young age resulting in lack of options eventually except fusion of the joint. This is unpalatable to young patients and athletes. Athletes who undergo joint replacement often cannot return to their chosen sport. The legendary Professional football and baseball player Bo Jackson developed hip AVN after being tackled in a football game. He never returned to professional football, but did return to play professional baseball for one year.
Dr. Lox notes that patients are fascinated with Regenerative Medicine and knowledge of stem cells and applications towards medicine. Nearly all major Universities have Regenerative Medicine and stem cell research departments. There are still countries where stem cell treatments are not available and the proximity of the United States to Canada makes treatment easier.
If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.