What is hip avascular necrosis treatment?
There are several good options for treating AVN, depending on the patient’s health, age, level of activity, condition of the bone and pre-existing health conditions. Dr. Nwachukwu will recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Medications such as statins and bisphosphates may help to slow down and even repair the progression of AVN. Dr. Nwachukwu has also had success with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) for treating AVN which is thought to reverse ischemia. HBO can also help reduce the body’s inflammatory response which will reduce pain in the early stages.
Most often Dr. Nwachukwu successfully treats AVN with one or more of these surgical options:
- Core Decompression: Most commonly recommended by Dr. Nwachukwu as the gold standard of treatment, the procedure reduces the pressure on the femoral head and restores the blood flow.
- Bone Graft: Uses pieces of donor bone tissue to replace the damaged or dead bone tissue.
- Total Hip Replacement: In advanced cases of AVN, a complete hip replacement or hip arthroplasty is the best option for successful AVN treatment.