Free Vascularized Fibular Graft

Posted by Guener @guener, Jul 9, 2016

I had a FVFG back in 2001, in lieu of hip replacement, from steroid induced avascular necrosis. Since then I’ve had arthritis in the joint that has not been too bad, along with some weakness. Over 15 years later the arthritis has of course progressed some, and I find my hip will “fail” on me more often (gives way, I stumble). Does anybody else have experience with longevity with a FVFG, post-operative symptoms over time, and/or subsequent joint replacement? I also have Crohn’s disease, so I cannot take any NSAID medication for pain (aspirin, Advil, etc.)…

My mother has Scleroderma and has had to have steroid injections just to be able to walk, and this has also caused her to have Avascular necrosis. She is now 84 yrs old and is not a candidate for a hip replacement so they now give her epideralls in her hips for her just to be able to continue to walk. Im so sorry that this has happened to you and my mother.

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