Osteonecrosis of the femoral heads – Hip AVN
Osteonecrosis of the femoral heads – Hip AVN is a condition in which the vascular (blood supply) to a bone becomes impaired. This leads to ischemia (avascularity) and results in the area of the bone becoming necrotic or dying.
The hip is the most frequent area afflicted with osteonecrosis. The area of the bone most commonly affected is the top portion of the long bone of the leg the femur. This top portion is known as the femoral head. The hip is a ball and socket joint. The femoral head forms the ball and the socket is the pelvis. If the region of osteonecrosis (AVN) collapses, the hip joint may rapidly degenerate from wear as the normal joint architecture of the ball and socket separated by cartilage is lost and erodes quickly. This often leads to hip joint replacement.
If the zone of avascular necrosis does not collapse or does not extend to the margins of the femoral head, the necrotic zone may become stabilized. This situation is ideally suited for Stem Cell Therapy.
If treatment of the osteonecrosis with stem cells results in stability without progression of arthritis, then hip replacement surgery may be deferred or avoided. This is a goal of many patients, especially athletes with osteonecrosis (AVN). In athletes, progressive degenerative arthritis or hip joint replacement may mean the end of their athletic career.
Though certain of the future of hip AVN cannot be foretold, it becomes obvious that the course of Brett Favre’s hip AVN is preferred to that of the course of Bo Jackson’s hip AVN. (No hip joint collapse with continued Football career, contrasted to hip joint collapse followed by hip joint replacement and retirement from Professional Football)
As there is no looking into the future, treatment recommendations with knowledge of these factors and experience in the treatment of osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis make clinical sense. A regenerative medicine expert that utilizes stem cell therapy may be a valuable consultation when femoral head AVN occurs.
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.
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.