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Osteonecrosis – also known as avascular necrosis (AVN), asceptic necrosis, or ischemic necrosis – can be an extremely debilitating problem, affecting up to 20,000 new people a year. The etiology is often related to a history of alcoholism, significant joint trauma or chronic steroid use for management of systemic diseases.

The Osteonecrosis Program of the Institute for Limb Preservation takes a unique approach to the management of this condition. Our team of orthopedic and plastic surgeons provide surgical options for management of osteonecrosis of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow.

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians assesses the stage of osteonecrosis, as well as the person’s activity level and lifestyle in determining the appropriate surgical treatment. We present surgical options that best address the patient’s needs.

Our Osteonecrosis Program offers treatment options including:

  • Core Decompression
  • Joint Resurfacing Procedures
  • Vascularized Bone Flaps
  • Custom Titanium Cage Implantation
  • Stem Cell Grafting
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Fusion
  • Allograft Transplant

Case Study: Osteonecrosis of the Knee