From the MAYO clinic: "Avascular necrosis is death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. This can lead to tiny breaks in the bone and the bone's eventual collapse. Avascular necrosis most often affects the head of the thighbone (femur), causing hip pain. But it may affect other bones as well. Blood supply to the bone can be impaired for a number of reasons, including injuries. Avascular necrosis is also associated with long-term use of steroid medications and excessive alcohol intake. Your doctor might use other terms to describe avascular necrosis, such as osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis or ischemic bone necrosis. Avascular necrosis is progressive, meaning it worsens with time. Managing the condition is a lifelong process."
We've been to 3 orthopedic surgeon's and each one attributes this to the steroid use. Her Orthopedic Surgeon believes that we've caught this early enough for relatively non-invasive surgical procedure to be 80% successful. It's called core decompression. We are feeling cheated by the medical and pharmaceutical company for not disclosing this risk. How many of you have heard of it? I just wonder how many IBDers who've taken Prednisone for much longer than she has and are walking around with this silent disease in their body.
Post Edited (Jen77) : 6/11/2008 1:47:29 PM (GMT-6)