Avascular Necrosis of the Ankle in a Ballerina
Avascular Necrosis of the Ankle in a Ballerina. A ballerina with an ankle fracture was treated with Surgery. Postoperatively she developed increasing pain and swelling. Several months later she was diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) of the talus. A recommendation for ankle fusion was rendered. Unfortunately, there was such extensive bone collapse at that point she was not a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. Her career in ballet was now ended. It is important to have a high index of suspicion for the possibility of avascular necrosis (AVN) after traumatic injury. The prognosis for continued sports participation is limited after boney joint collapse occurs. AVN that progresses is a form of rapid secondary degeneration arthritis. A key aspect of treatment is to deter the development of this arthritis. Having a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of avascular necrosis is essential proper management. The patient, both athlete and non-athletes have much to gain from successful treatment of AVN.
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About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.