Elite Collegiate Rower With Wrist AVN Undergoes Stem Cells With Dennis M. Lox, MD,
When a collegiate rower with a college scholarship develops wrist avascular necrosis (AVN), this is a major dilemma. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to the bone becomes disrupted, leading to ischemia that results in bone cell death or necrosis. The bone then may collapse and develop a rapid secondary osteoarthritis. This patient injured his scaphoid bone (a bone in the mid-wrist), while playing basketball. Wrist fusion was offered by an orthopedic surgeon but the patient opted to treat his wrist avascular necrosis with his own stem cells.
This would have ended his rowing career and his college scholarship. Dr. Lox decided there was no downside in this situation to trying stem cell therapy, and everything to potentially gain. If stem cell therapy did not work he would be in the same situation. If the stem cell treatment was successful and healed his scaphoid bone in his wrist he might indeed row again. Dr. Lox discussed bracing and long-term management of AVN. He tolerated the stem cell procedure with no complaints. We can all hope his destiny stays on course.
Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Orlando, and Spring Hill and can accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. To learn more about stem cell therapy and other regenerative services offered by Dr. Lox, call (727) 462-5582.