Knee Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a relatively uncommon condition. Yet for athletes it is a very troubling diagnosis. Knee stem cell injections may offer some knee Avascular necrosis (AVN) patients an alternative to knee surgery. Dr. Dennis Lox practices in Beverly Hills, California, and in Florida.
Knee AVN is less common than hip AVN or shoulder AVN, yet when Avascular necrosis occurs in an athletes knee it often amounts to a potentially sports career ending injury. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired leading to bone cell death, known as necrosis. The loss of blood supply is referred to as ischemia or avascularity. Thus, the term avascular necrosis. Surgical recommendations are often given such as knee joint replacement. Knee replacement is often itself a sports career ending move. This is the paradox of being diagnosed with knee AVN or AVN of any other joint for an athlete.
Stem cell injections may provide an alternative option to knee joint replacement for these athletes.
Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in stem cell injections for AVN of the knee and other joints. Dr. Lox practices in Beverly Hills, California.