Avascular Necrosis Treatment
Avascular necrosis procedures
The primary approach in treating avascular necrosis is to try to stop the progress of the disease and preserve the femoral head. The use of crutches to reduce the weight borne by the hip joint may be considered, but if the condition persists, a procedure called core decompression may be done. In core decompression, your surgeon will drill a hole through the dead tissue into the neck of your femur in an effort to stimulate better blood flow to the bone. In a variation of this procedure, your surgeon may graft a piece of bone from your lower leg into the hole.
As alternatives, there are several types of osteotomy that can be performed. These are surgical procedures to bend the leg in a way that will put less pressure on the damaged bone.
If the disease progresses, your surgeon may recommend a total hip replacement or partial hip replacement.