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Avascular Necrosis AVN of the Hip and Stem Cell Therapy

Aug 11, 2014

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Avascular necrosis (AVN) is also referred to as aseptic necrosis, ischemic necrosis or osteonecrosis.  When the blood supply to the bone is impaired, it leads to ischemia of the bone (necrosis) and eventually bone cell death. AVN can occur in any joint, with the hip most commonly involved. If the area of necrosis collapses it may lead to rapid joint degeneration. This often leads to the recommendation for total hip joint replacement.

Patients are more interested now than ever before in Regenerative Medicine therapies such as stem cell treatments for avascular necrosis. Hip replacement is not reversible, however, if stem cell treatment is not successful, future hip joint replacement can still be done. Thus, stem cell treatments preserve future options. Trauma is the most frequent cause of osteonecrosis or AVN.

If you’re 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.

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About the Author

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.