Dr. Lox Treats AVN of the Hip
Dr. Lox Treats AVN of the Hip in Oklahoma Patient with Stem Cell Therapy. Dennis M. Lox, MD, an expert in the use of stem cell therapy for avascular necrosis, was consulted by a patient from Oklahoma with hip AVN. Dr. Lox treats patients from around the world with Avascular necrosis (AVN). Avascular necrosis (AVN) may be treated in some cases with stem cell therapy. The hip is the most commonly affected joint with avascular necrosis (AVN).
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) may be called by different names especially in some regions of the world. These various names all mean essentially the same thing. A loss of blood supply resulted in a area of bone becoming oxygen starved which results in bone cell death or necrosis.
Various AVN names:
- Ischemic Necrosis
- Aseptic Necrosis
- Bone Infarction
- Bone Infraction
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) is most frequently caused by trauma. Other leading causative or risk associated factors include:
- Sickle Cell disease
- Autoimmune diseases
- Radiation therapy
- Gaucher’s disease
- Caisson’s disease
Stem cells have been used for the treatment of AVN in both surgical and non-surgical ways. There is debate on the effectiveness of core decompression alone, although it is still commonly used.
Concentrating the patients own stem cells and injecting them directly to the area of AVN is gaining popularity as it is relatively easy, and does not have the surgical downtimes associated with it. It also does not harm adjacent tissue, therefore it doesn’t prevent future surgical options.
However many patients with AVN are most excited about the prospect of stem cells in preventing or delaying a total hip joint replacement.
Stem cell therapy for joint injuries and osteoarthritis is suited for many individuals, from professional athletes to active seniors. Adult mesenchymal stem cells, not embryonic stem cells, are used in this procedure, which is performed right in the comfort of Dr. Lox’s state-of-the-art clinic.
The cells are simply extracted from the patient’s own body (typically from bone marrow or adipose/ fat tissue), processed in our office, and injected directly into the site of injury. Conditions that can be addressed with stem cell treatment include osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, knee joint issues (such as meniscus tears), shoulder damage (such as rotator cuff injuries), hip problems (such as labral tears), and tendonitis, among others.
For many patients, a stem cell procedure in the knee, hip, shoulder, or another area of the body relieves pain, increases mobility, and may be able to delay or eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments like joint replacement surgery.
If you have questions about adult stem cell therapy for joint injuries and arthritis, how the procedure is performed, and how the stem cells work to repair injured joints and tissues, Dr. Lox would be happy to educate you about the entire process.
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.