Patient with a Hip AVN Consults Dr. Lox in LA for Stem Cells
A patient in the Los Angeles (LA), California area consulted Dr. Dennis Lox at his Beverly Hills, California Regenerative Medicine Clinic for stem cells to treat hip avascular necrosis (AVN). Dr. Lox an early pioneer in the use of stem cells has become an international renown expert on the use of stem cells in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox has lectured both nationally and internationally on the use of stem cells in various sports and orthopedic conditions. Dr. Lox has numerous years of experience in the treatment of avascular necrosis (AVN) with stem cells, having treated athletes from various sports and complicated cases of AVN with stem cell treatments. Dr. Lox understands the complexity of AVN. No two patients are alike and the diverse potential causes of AVN must be considered when treating patients. Specialists in this area should be consulted, like in any area of medicine the human body is a complex system. This patient did not have the more common causes of AVN. Athletes, typically have AVN as the result of trauma. This is not always the case. Dr. Lox recalls treating a ballerina with sickle cell disease, a less commonly seen potential causative etiology for avascular necrosis, sometimes referred to as osteonecrosis. So having experience with AVN and the use of stem cells for its treatment is desirable, and results in quality of care. This patient from Los Angeles (LA) had an extremely complicated course of premedical history that was that causative factor for her bilateral hip avascular necrosis. AVN may present in one hip joint or may be seen in both. Less commonly other joints are involved at the same time, such as the hip and knee, or a hip and ankle. The hip is the most common joint afflicted with AVN. Osteonecrosis or AVN results when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired. This results in ischemia (avascularity), and the result is bone cell death or necrosis. This the term avascular necrosis (AVN). Stem cells are nothing new. They have been used for bone marrow transplants since the 1960's. It was just not readily apparent the reason for bone marrow transplants success in the early days was due to the the stem cells in the bone marrow transplant. Today crude methods such as microfracture or drilling into the bone allow unconcentrated whole blood to seep into the microfracture region. More select approaches are available today which utilize the direct delivery of the patients own concentrated stem cells to the area of AVN. Consultation with a specialist highly trained to treat complicated cases such as avascular necrosis is paramount to understanding options for care and future prospects. Dr. Dennis Lox has treated AVN from various athletic sports to complicated medical conditions that promote the development of avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis.
Dr. Dennis Lox may be reached for consultation in the Los Angeles (LA), California area at his Beverly Hills Clinic at (310) 975-7033