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A Patient from Chicago with Hip AVN Opts For Stem Cells with Dr. Lox


A patient from Chicago with avascular necrosis (AVN) of both hips, had stem cell therapy with Dr. Lox a year ago. Prior to receiving stem cell therapy, he could barely walk a block. After treatment, the patient reported that his hip pain decreased to the point where one hip no longer hurt and he is able to walk 10 blocks with no pain. Furthermore, his avascular necrosis (AVN) has shown no signs of progression on x-rays. The patient elected for a second treatment with Dr. Lox in his Tampa, Florida office. 

Patients often research alternatives to hip replacement surgery and find the ease of hip stem cell therapy to be appealing. Stem Cell Treatment is the same day procedure that uses the patient’s own stem cells which are administrated via a local hip injection under x-ray guidance. Patients are typically impressed by the simplicity of the procedure. there is no general anesthetic, no crutches, and no pain pills, it is really that simple.

What Causes AVN?

Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes disrupted, and the lack of blood flow (avascular) results in bone cell death or necrosis. This region of dead bone becomes prone to collapse and result in a rapid destruction of the joint involved. The hip is the most commonly involved joint and AVN can present in both hips. Sometimes it can occur in a different site, such as the hip and knee. AVN is also known as osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, ischemic necrosis or bone infarction, with many possible causes. 


Trauma is the most frequent cause seen in the hip. This occurred to the legendary professional football and baseball player Bo Jackson. He eventually had hip replacement surgery and returned to play professional baseball for a short period but never played professional football again.

Avascular necrosis of the hip may also be idiopathic in nature. This means the underlying cause is unknown. Some individuals develop AVN after excessive cortisone (corticosteroid) or excessive alcohol use.

Individuals with steroid-dependent asthma or emphysema, sometimes have no choice but to take the cortisone. Interesting, many rock stars have had their hip replaced, and also had a history of excessive alcohol usage.

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus the legendary professional golfer, also had hip replacement surgery and Nicklaus details excessive cortisone shots to his hips in the 1960’s to keep playing. He remains the leader in golf grand slam event victories. The vast majority of patients are not professional athletes they want to live without pain and remain as functional as possible. These are not unrealistic goals in some patients. Each patient needs individualized treatment and assessment. 

Stem Cells and AVN

Stem cell research and the use of stem cells in nearly every field of medicine has created a giant surge in the field of Regenerative medicine as stem cells are present in all of us. Even in animals. Stem cells have a long tradition in veterinary medicine. Racehorses have long utilized the best of medicine including Regenerative Medicine. Now patients are looking into Regenerative Medicine and hip stem cell therapy to maintain a quality of life, decease hip pain, and possibly avoid a hip replacement surgery.

Many people have traveled all over the world to see Dr. Lox for stem cell therapy for Avascular Necrosis.

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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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