A patient from New Delhi, India consults Dr. Dennis Lox
A Patient From New Delhi, India Consults Dennis M. Lox, MD, for Bilateral Hip AVN.
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) also known as osteonecrosis is a disorder in which the blood supply to the hip is disrupted (avascular) leading to bone cell death (necrosis). AVN may arise from a variety of sources including trauma, excessive corticosteroid use and even idiopathic (unknown causes). Hip Avascular Necrosis can be seen in both hips. This can obviously be more distressing. The primary concern with AVN is bone collapse from the necrotic area, this may lead to a rapid secondary progressive arthritis. Many patients are consulting Dr.Lox for stem cell therapy as often hip replacement surgery is offered. Regenerative Medicine techniques such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy offer viable alternatives to surgery.
Hip Avascular Necrosis sometimes referred to as aseptic necrosis, ischemic necrosis or osteonecrosis, occurs when the blood supply to the bone is impaired leading to ischemia of the bone (necrosis). This leads to bone cell death. AVN can occur in any joint, with the hip most commonly involved. If the area of necrosis collapses it may lead to rapid joint degeneration. This often leads to the recommendation for total hip joint replacement.
Patients are becoming more interested in Regenerative Medicine therapies such as stem cell treatments for avascular necrosis. Patients understand that if the degeneration collapse can be altered perhaps hip joint replacement will not be needed. Hip replacement is not reversible, while if stem cell treatment is not successful, future hip joint replacement can still be done. Thus, stem cell treatments preserve future options. Trauma is the most frequent cause of osteonecrosis or AVN. The trauma cannot be undone, yet if the consequences can be dampened then this may be a reasonable goal.
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.