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Dr. Dennis Lox Talks Stem Cells on ABC News with Teen Soccer Player with AVN

Dennis M. Lox, MD, Talks Stem Cells on ABC News with Teen Soccer Player with AVN
Dennis M. Lox, MD, Talks Stem Cells on ABC News with Teen Soccer Player Natasha Merangoli with AVN

When To Choose Stem Cell Treatment Over Surgery?

 Natasha was first interviewed as a 14-year-old diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) of the navicular bone in her foot. She failed to improve with conservative care and was told that the only course of treatment was an ankle fusion.  Ankle fusion was an unacceptable course of action as Natasha refused to give up soccer. Dr. Lox treated her in 2013 with Stem Cells and she improved becoming the leading scorer for her high school team as a freshman.

Treating AVN With Stem Cells

In the next few years, she continued to excel in soccer. A series of repeated MRI’s showed improvement of the necrotic region of bone, attributed to her stem cell treatment for her ankle/navicular Avascular necrosis (AVN). By the time Natasha was a senior in high school, the last MRI showed complete resolution of the region of the necrotic region. Furthermore, the radiologist read the MRI as normal without evidence of the prior avascular necrosis (AVN). Truly a successful outcome with Dr. Lox’s Sports and Regenerative Medicine approach with stem cells.

Natasha received a college scholarship for soccer and interviewed with ABC’s Morning Blend in 2017. There was a roundtable discussion of stem cell therapy and how it impacted each person’s lives. Natasha has since left for college and the rest is history.

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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.

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