Simple Hip Decompression

Osteonecrosis of the hip is a disease in which blood supply to the hip is disrupted, causing the death of bone cells in the hip. In advanced stages, the disease can lead to debilitating pain, destruction of the hip joint and loss of mobility. At this point, hip replacement may be required.

Teams composed of bone specialists, biologists and engineers at Mayo Clinic are investigating the potential of simple hip decompression, a new regenerative technique, for patients with early stages of the disease.

Today, early-stage osteonecrosis of the hip is commonly treated with core decompression, an inpatient, invasive procedure in which a surgeon drills into the hipbone to remove dead areas of bone.

In contrast, simple hip decompression is a less invasive outpatient procedure in which a surgeon makes a small hole outside the hip and taps into the diseased area. A mixture of blood and progenitor cells taken from the patient's bone marrow is then delivered into the hipbone to restore function.

Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers are continuing to refine this procedure. In the future, simple hip decompression may give clinicians an effective way to regenerate diseased hip tissue, delaying or eliminating the need for hip replacement in people with osteonecrosis of the hip.

For more information, visit the Young Hip Clinic website or call 507-284-9217.