Comprehensive Care

Hip osteonecrosis can cause severe pain and debilitation. At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our experienced hip surgeons perform thousands of surgeries each year, including hip replacement surgery for hip osteonecrosis (AVN). We pride ourselves on offering the least invasive surgical options to help you recover quickly from surgery and return to your regular life faster. Our surgeons take the time to explain your unique condition to you thoroughly and walk you through your treatment plan from beginning to end. We will always encourage non-surgical options when possible and recommend surgical options only when necessary.

What is osteonecrosis of the hip?

This condition is characterized by loss of blood supply in the bone. Bone is living tissue, requiring blood to remain healthy and functional. Therefore, significant blood loss will eventually cause the bone to collapse and die. Osteonecrosis most commonly affects the hip, but can also occur in the shoulders, ankles, or knees.

What causes Osteonecrosis of the hip?

It is often the result of one of the following:

  • Trauma
  • HIV infection and treatment
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Radiation therapy/chemotherapy
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Decompression sickness
  • Metabolic disorder

What are the symptoms?

In early stages, hip osteonecrosis usually has no noticeable symptoms. As the disease progresses, it can cause the following symptoms over a span of several months, after which the bone eventually collapses:

  • Hip pain
  • Pain that becomes more constant
  • Inability to use the hip
  • Loss of range of motion

How is it diagnosed?

At the first signs of hip osteonecrosis, it is important to speak with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in bone loss and hip surgery. MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is home to experts in a wide range of hip conditions who have years of experience diagnosing and treating this condition. Your initial exam with one of our doctors will likely include the following:

  • Medical history evaluation – Your doctor will ask you about your past medical history, including the health of your hip.
  • Physical exam – During a physical exam, we will evaluate the hip area looking for signs of bone loss.
  • Imaging tests – Your doctor will likely conduct imaging exams as well to evaluate the extent of the hip bone loss.

What are the best treatments?

When osteonecrosis is caught early enough, you may be able to treat it with conservative options, including:

  • Medication to decrease swelling and pain
  • Avoiding activities that cause pain or pressure on the affected bone
  • Crutches to take weight off the damaged area
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Core decompression of the hip

 

Conservative options can slow down the bone degradation process. However, most people will eventually need treatment to repair the bone damage. This may include:

 

If you believe you may be suffering from avascular necrosis of the hip, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating hip and knee conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive hip care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Hip & Knee Replacement

Brian George Evans, MD
Brian George Evans, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
William C. Lennen, MD
William C. Lennen, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
PhonePhone: 240-434-7483

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Ahamefula E. Onyike, MD
Ahamefula E. Onyike, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
25500 Point Lookout Road, Suite 250 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
Phone: 240-434-7483
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
3305 North Leisure World Boulevard Silver Spring, MD, 20906
Phone: 301-774-8958
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682