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How is avascular necrosis (AVN) treated before surgery?

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If avascular necrosis is caught early, treatment may involve medications to ease pain or limiting the use of the affected joint. If your hip, knee, or ankle is affected, you may need crutches to take weight off the damaged joint. Your doctor may also recommend range-of-motion exercises to help keep the affected joint moving well. While these may slow the progression of avascular necrosis, most people with the condition still eventually need surgery.

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 18, 2019

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