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A 46-year-old male asked:

osteonecrosis of both hips surgery or tablets - have chronic pain take methadone for the pain family want me to have surgery but dr wants to try meds?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Hard to say: Depends on your surgical risk. If average which i would assume looking at your age, then it is my opinion that surgical treatment would be only option as eventually the hips would further necrosis making hip replacement less successful. And more difficult you also do not want to be dependent upon opioids for the rest of your life starting at age 46. Imo Methadone not a good choice in treatmen.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: Surgery is the definitive treatment for this.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2014

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