Yes, if avascular necrosis is visible on xray, then it usually is in the later stages. With the pain you are describing, I imagine that the orthopedic surgeon is likely to recommend a hip replacement. I doubt that the radiologist is wrong about
seeing the AVN on the xray. It is pretty hard to confuse with something else. I would think that one of the doctors might suggest a MRI to check for damage not seen on xray. I have AVN in both hips and it is not visible on xray, only on MRI.
Do you have insurance? Do you have sick leave available with your job? Have you read the risk factors that lead to AVN? Do you have any idea what might have caused this? Do you have any chronic conditions?
I was scared when I was first told I had AVN. I am now waiting for the bone to begin to collapse. then I will have a hip replacement. Not something I look forward to but the alternative is not good. Daily pain and being in a wheelchair is not something I want to do for the rrest of my life. So 2 hip replacements loom in my future.
Let us know what the orthopedic doctor has to say. Do lots of reading and prepare a list of questions for him.
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