Saturday, December 3, 2011

Avascular necrosis, crumbling hip

My Crumbling Hip
I woke up from surgery and the surgeon told me that my labrum was completely gone.
Labrum: A ring of fibrocartilage (fibrous cartilage) that runs around the acetabulum (cup) of the hip joint and increases its depth.

However, that was not the worse news he could have given me.  I also found out that I have avascular necrosis (AVN). 

Avascular Necrosis: or Osteonecrosis is bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area.

The bone of my hip is dyeing because it doesn't have enough blood supply.  My hip is crumbling and this is a very difficult condition to treat.  I feel like I have been punched in the chest.  I thought that I could only have good news following my surgery, not more bad news.  This means more painful surgeries and just more pain in general.  I am trying to stay positive but right now I am still letting this new diagnosis settle in.


  1. Angie, I'm sorry. :( I know it's hard but being positive is a wonderful tool. I will keep you in my prayers.

  2. Angie, I understand the "socked in the chest feeling" I had it when the leading hip replacement doc in So Cal told me my only option was to amputate my leg at 28 because of the damage to my joint. I sobbed for a week. You could imagine my tears of joy when my new doc told me he could replace my joint. Stay positive, there are always options and if you dont like the one you have been given by one surgeon, find another. I am in the Sacramento area but travel to the Bay Area to see my doc at Stanford. If you ever want to chat or vent dont hesitate