Soccer Patient from London England Consults Dr. Lox
Soccer Patient from London England Consults Dr. Lox. Avascular Necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to the bone is disrupted leading to bone cell death or necrosis. Previous options have been surgical and often eliminate the ability to return to sports participation. Many athletes have turned to Dennis M. Lox, MD, a Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert for stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery when diagnosed with AVN. Athletes diagnosed with AVN often will travel and seek consultation with Dr. Lox as an alternative to surgery. Especially, ankle surgery where the most commonly recommended surgery is ankle fusion. Ankle fusion not only would end a sports career but hamper one’s lifestyle as well. This is why more athletes and non-athletes diagnosed with AVN are viewing stem cell therapy as a viable option for surgical intervention.
Ankle Avascular 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. If the area of necrosis collapses it may lead to rapid joint degeneration. This often leads to the recommendation for total ankle 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 ankle joint replacement will not be needed. Ankle replacement is not reversible, while if stem cell treatment is not successful, future ankle 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.