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[RC] Total Hip Replacement - Bruce Weary DC

AVN, or avascular necrosis, as you know, is a result of a loss of blood supply to the joint surfaces, and the cartilage and bone literally begin to die. Early on, there is a bone grafting procedure that can be done to attempt to re-establish blood supply, but you are very likely past the opportunity to do it now. Joint supplements don't work for AVN. AVN virtually always ends up in hip replacement, but there are many people who lead very active lives afterward. Chances are good that you will be able to continue to ride, to some degree. Find the best orthopedist around, preferably one that specializes in hips, check his record with the medical board, and get it done. The longer you wait, you pay a greater price in the effects on the surrounding tissues and muscles from disuse. They are really improving the procedure these days. You might even find out if you can have the same parts as "The Six Million Dollar Man." Couldn't hurt to ask. Dr Q


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