Idiopathic Hip AVN Treated With Stem Cells in LA by Dr. Lox
A patient presented to Dr. Dennis Lox at his Los Angeles (LA), California clinic in Berverly Hills, for the evaluation and treatment if idiopathic one hip AVN with stem cell injections. He was young (in his 20's) successful, athletic and most importantly felt he did not want a total hip joint replacement. These types of proactive patients are typical of the Los Angles (LA), California mentality that insurance does not cover al aspects of health care, and just like plastic surgery do look and feel young, Regenerative Medicine procedures such as platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections may be part of our own responsibility to maintain our bodies "young and fit", as opposed to current medical reimbursement guidelines where plastic surgery for youthful appearance is deemed a luxury and not covered by insurance carriers. As n athletic this patient fully understood the ramifications that as a 28 year old athletic make his orthopedic surgeon felt he was too young for hip replacement surgery, however it would be needed in the near future, and there we no present treatment available that would alter that progressively spiraling downward degenerative destructive pathway of the diagnosis of hip AVN. Fortunately, he researched the subject matter and came across several reports describing the use of Regenerative Medicine applications such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections and stem cell treatments for hip AVN. While most athletic males sustain trauma and develop post-traumatic AVN, none could be readily identified, thus leading to the default phrase idiopathic AVN, which essentially means cause unknown. Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to a region of biome becomes disrupted. This renders the region of avascular blood ischemic resulting in bone cell death (necrosis). This is the basis for the terms avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis. AVN from trauma is generally unilateral. While avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis due to underlying risk factors or causative etiologies can be often seen in both hips, or a hip and a knee. Nearly any pattern can be seen, however the most common form by far is the hip. Hip replacement in young patients, especially athletes is troublesome. For these reasons many patients are researching their own options and become highly educated on these matters. It is also good to have an informed educated patient to discuss the intricacies of their care than a patient completely unknown to the field of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox strives to answer all questions if possible and takes the time necessary to inform patients about their options. Bo Jackson the legendary professional football and base player sustained a hip injury on a spectacular run from scrimmage while playing for the Oakland Raiders. Initially it was felt to be just a hip strain. Bo Jackson walked off the field with assistance. Later, Bo Jackson was diagnosed with that hip AVN, and he underwent a total hip joint replacement. Bo Jackson never played professional football again. He did play one more year of professional baseball. Stem cells were not an option during his career when Jackson was diagnosed with hip AVN. The ability to know and choose treatment options is progress. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and outdated thinking that has no present day bearing on religious discussions of using your own dull stem cells to treat your condition. Even the Vatican supports the use of adult stem cells, just not embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells are not even found in an adults body, and therefore cannot be used in the U.S. The current guidelines are same day procedure and your own cells. Which has been shown in numerous safety studies to be just that--SAFE!
So, when confronted with hip AVN, research appropriate material use a discerning eye, and find what makes the most sense for your situation. Doctors swear to abide by he Hippocratic oath.
First do not harm......funny stem cells do the same thing.
Dr. Dennis Lox may be reached at his Los Angeles area (LA), California clinic in Beverly Hills at (301) 975-7033