Stem Cell Treatment for Avascular Necrosis (AVN)
Stem cell treatment for avascular necrosis (AVN), often referred to as osteonecrosis has been used as an alternative to surgery in cases.
Several clinical trials around the world are underway to examine this, however, the use of stem cells for AVN is not new.
Microfracture or core decompression has been used for years. This surgical technique involves drilling multiple holes into the bone which releases bone marrow into the area.
This has several disadvantages.
One it is painful and associated with a lengthy recovery, two bone marrow fluid is mostly blood.
There is also only a small fraction of the bone marrow fluid that is composed of stem cells.
Delivering a concentrated source of stem cells to the area of avascular necrosis (AVN) has been used as an alternative to surgical treatment.
Often the recommendation for fusion or joint replacement is given. This also makes the use of stem cell therapy for AVN more attractive for many patients, especially athletes.
Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine and has been using Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of AVN for many years. Dr. Lox has treated various joints from the shoulder, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle in both athletes and individuals who develop AVN from many different causes. Stem Cell Therapy cannot be successful in every case of AVN but remains a viable alternative to surgery in many cases. Consulting an expert with experience may be valuable to aid in the decision-making process.
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.