Core Decompression

Core decompression is a procedure which entails drilling into the femoral neck, up into the necrotic area of the femoral head, to get the bone to heal faster. Theoretically, removing this central core of bone will lower the intraosseous pressure, which is thought to be one of the etiologies of the disease. When properly done, this procedure has minimal morbidity.

Recovery

Patients must remain non-weight bearing on crutches for 6 weeks following the procedure in order to prevent a small but real risk of fracture.

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