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What are surgical options for avascular necrosis (AVN)?

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Surgical options for avascular necrosis (AVN) include:

  • Bone grafts -- using healthy bone from one part of the body to replace the damaged bone
  • Osteotomy -- cutting the bone and changing its alignment to relieve stress on the bone or joint
  • Total joint replacement -- replacing the damaged joint with a synthetic joint
  • Core decompression -- removing part of the inside of the bone to relieve pressure and allow new blood vessels to form
  • Vascularized bone graft -- uses the patient's own tissue to rebuild diseased or damaged hip joints

From: What Is Avascular Necrosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

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