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Avascular Necrosis and ONFH
Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. Older populations are at risk for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), which is the death of bone tissue at the head of the femur. In the past, the treatment for advanced ONFH was frequently to wait until the condition became bad enough to replace the hip joint. Early treatment focuses on pain management while slowing the progression of bone destruction.
Osteonecrosis Treatment Without a Hip Replacement
Recent medical innovations have created more effective orthopedic options for treating ONFH, which result in decreased pain, require a shorter recuperation period, and are less expensive. Cell tissue from the patient’s body is at the center of new treatment for avascular necrosis.
Doctors can combine the implantation of the patient’s cell tissue with other innovative treatment options to provide a uniquely effective and safe method of treatment. These cells can be obtained via an in-office procedure using local anesthetic by a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Repair cells injected into the body, along with platelet rich plasma, stimulate repair and regrowth of bone tissue. Additional proprietary supplements also provide key nutrients to support recovery.
The exact course of treatment is dependent upon the stage of ONFH. As an orthopedic practice, the Institute of Regenerative Medicine is committed to continuing research in treatment of osteonecrosis. Hip replacement surgery is no longer the only option for patients suffering with the pain and loss of mobility associated with avascular necrosis.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that we treat using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell-based injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of your condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based treatment.