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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Avascular Necrosis

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Dr. Charles Glueck
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Osteonecrosis (Definition)

-death of bone. This is due 2 loss of blood supply 2 a certain bone part. Common after some injuries such as fractured navicular in the wrist, dislocation of the hip. Some R due 2 drugs, especially steroids, also alcoholism, in these cases it's usually ...Read more


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Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis? .

Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis? .

Perhaps: Certain chemo and radiation can cause avn. Certain cancers and disease can as well. It is best to discuss this with your oncologist or internist. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis? . .

Possible: Certain therapeutics, although not chemotherapy, that are commonly used in cancer patients can be associated with avascular necrosis (avn). Examples of these agents include: zometa, xgeva (denosumab) and avstin that can be associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Dexamethasone and radiation therapy can also cause avn. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure or any other alternative than prosthesis for avascular necrosis in hip. If no for how long would the prosthesis last. I'm 30?

Is there a natural cure or any other alternative than prosthesis for avascular necrosis in hip. If no for how long would the prosthesis last. I'm 30?

See details: There is no natural cure. In avn the blood supply to the head of the hip has been compromised to the extent that the bone has died and collapsed. If it reaches that stage replacing the femoral head is the only option. Early stage avn can be treated by non-weight bearing or core depression. The replacement should last 20+ years depending on your weight, activities, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative for curing avascular necrosis (avn)?

Is there any alternative for curing avascular necrosis (avn)?

No: If avascular necrosis (avn) has occurred, then part of the bone is dead (necrosis) and there is no cure. There are many causes from lupus to sickle cell disease to corticosteroids to alcohol abuse. The key is to prevent further avn by addressing the cause: treatment of alcoholism, reducing load (obesity) on the damaged bone, reducing the need for steroids, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about avascular necrosis?

AVN: AVN is caused by a lack of blood supply to the bone due to either traumatic or non-traumatic reasons. The bone then has death of its cells, which often leads to collapse of the affected bone. Better imaging modalities have increased the number of cases diagnosed in recent years. ...Read more

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What can be done about avascular necrosis?

What can be done about avascular necrosis?

Surgery: If caught early, an artificial blood vessel can be made for the hip, and probably other places. But this has to be done before xrays change, and require an early MRI to diagnose. If not caught early, replacement surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Can coffee cause avascular necrosis?

No: Although caffeine isn't good for bone density, regular consumption of coffee doesn't cause avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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What does avascular necrosis of lunate mean?

Lacks blood supply: For some reason, your lunate bone has lost its blood supply. See an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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How to plan exercise routine for avascular necrosis?

How to plan exercise routine for avascular necrosis?

Depends on location: Avascular necrosis can occur in a lot of locations. Exercise depends on pain tolerance and mechanics. You have to individualize the program depending on the location of the avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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Is there excercises you can to to help prevent the pain from avascular necrosis.?

Is there excercises you can to to help prevent the pain from avascular necrosis.?

AVN: Unfortunately, probably not. Pain from avn related to "dead bone" initially. In later stages, collapse of the bone with loss of normal shape, and ultimately progression to arthritis. ...Read more

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Why does steroids cause avascular necrosis?

Why does steroids cause avascular necrosis?

We are not sure: We are not sure but there is a linkage seen whether it may be more related ti the underlying problem for which the steroids are given as treatment in the first place. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for someone with avascular necrosis?

Orthopedic evaluate: You need to be worked up for the cause! Lack of sufficient blood flow for the affected bone/ joint. ...Read more

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How common is avascular necrosis in Crohn's disease patients?

Not related to Crohn: Avascular necrosis is not associated with crohn's disease, it is associated with the corticosteroids used to treat it. ...Read more

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In which bones can you get avascular necrosis?

In which bones can you get avascular necrosis?

All of them: Virtually all bones can get avn (avascular necrosis). Usually avn occurs at the ends of bones, at the joint. ...Read more

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What is the cure for avascular necrosis of hips?

What is the cure for avascular necrosis of hips?

Joint replacement: Bisphosphonates (medications typically used for osteoporosis) can be used as a non-surgical approach, but most people need surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best treament for avascular necrosis of the knee?

Crutches.: If you have a new onset of avascular necrosis (AVN), going on crutches to take the weight off your leg, for 4-6 weeks, can often cure the condition. If that fails, there is a surgical procedure that can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Pietro Seni
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Avascular Necrosis (Definition)

Also known as osteonecrosis, it is the death of bone from interruption of blood supply. This can result in tiny bone fractures and eventual destruction ...Read more


Necrosis (Definition)

Necrosis is the the death of cells and tissue. In dentistry, root canals are often needed when the pulp tissue inside a ...Read more