Question: Can I get Social Security disability for avascular necrosis?
Avascular necrosis, which doctors ofter refer to as AVN, is a loss of blood circulation to a portion of a bone. What? Bones need blood circulation? They sure do and if they don’t get it, they die. A dead bone starts deteriorating and eventually collapses. Avascular necrosis can happen in any bone but the most commonly affected area is the head of the femur, known to doctors as the femoral head. The femur is the biggest bone in the body, the one that runs between the knee and the hip. The head of the femur is the ball that fits in the socket of the hip. You don’t have to be a doctor to figure out that that is a bad place to have a bone that’s deteriorating, much less collapsing. An AVN of the femoral head hurts!
The good thing about avascular necrosis of the femoral head is that it can be replaced. An orthopedic surgeon does a total hip replacement — THR is the medical abbreviation — and you’re probably pain free and walking comfortably. The bad thing is that THRs don’t last forever, maybe 10-20 years. The THR can be redone, usually only once and the second time it doesn’t last as long as the first time. What if you get avascular necrosis of your femoral head when you’re 45. Do the math. You may run through what surgery can do for that hip before you’re 65. You’ll be advised to wait as long as you can to have that THR. They want you to wait until you’re at least 55 before you have the THR. You may be unable to work and struggling with a lot of pain well before it’s time to have that THR.
If you’re struggling with avascular necrosis of your femoral head or any other bone and cannot work, contact us. We may be able to help with your Social Security disability claim. We represent Social Security claimants from Lexington to Louisburg, from Kernersville to Kenansville.