I also had a core decrompression in June of this year. It did correct the blood flow issue in my left hip but, I had a fracture that was created when the head of my femur died (almost 1" ) between the dead and alive bone. Once the blood began to reflow and the bone began to heal, the fracture is being pushed apart rather than fusing together. I am only 30 so I opted for a THR which I am having Oct 15. Good Luck with your surgery, the crutches for 6 weeks sucks, but it did correct the AVN within weeks. Also, the titanium tube in a decompression replaces the bone graft from a real bone. My surgeon said that a real bone graft would take longer to heal than from the surgery.View Thread
Hey, I am a 30 year old female and have AVN of the femoral head in my left hip. I had a core decrompression done in Jun 2012 and it did resupply the blood however when the top of my femur originally began to die and decay, a fracture was created between the alive and dead bone. When the blood began to resupply after the decrompression, the fracture is pushing apart rather than fusing together. I am scheduled for a THR Oct 15. I go on the 8th to get all the details from my doctor. Also, the original MRI that diagnosed my AVN on the left showed that I have also had it in the right hip but it has begun to heal itself. I have never had any pain in my right hip. The pain I had before my first surgery is the same now that it has healed. My hip pops about every 15 minutes and I walk with a really bad limp that resembles one of my legs being shorter. I opted for the THR bc I am young and have small children and this pain does not fit well into my lifestyle and neither does the amount of pain meds I need to ease this pain. Hope this helps and if you'd like I will update you of my progress once I have the replacement. Also, know that I have none of the risk factors for AVN...severe alcoholism, prior hip trauma, osteoporosis, AIDS/HIV, Sickle cell Anemia, anabolic steroid use and I am a female. My surgeon has been in practice for 28 years and I am the youngest patient he has seen with AVN this progressed for no reason. Yay for Me, lol.View Thread
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