Core decompression

Core decompression involves drilling holes into bone in the knee or hip joint to reduce pressure within the bone and to allow space for new blood vessels to grow.

Core decompression is a treatment for the disease avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis. This condition is when the blood vessels in a section of bone get messed up in some way and the blood stops going to that part of the bone.

Core decompression removes some of the damaged bone, reducing the pressure in the bone and allowing for new blood vessels to grow. A bone graft might be used as well to encourage new bone growth.

Physicians who perform core decompression

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