University of Minnesota Physicians orthopaedic surgical specialists at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview offer leading care for patients with osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis). Our team works with other specialists, such as bone marrow and stem cell transplantation experts, and has vast experience in treating this relatively rare disease that frequently results in destroyed joints and crippling arthritis. This expertise as well as our leading research into the cause, natural history and new techniques for managing osteonecrosis makes us a destination for patients from around the region and country.


  • World-leading program with unparalleled expertise in treatment and research of osteonecrosis
  • Leading-edge technology includes high-field-strength magnetic resonance imaging, thin-cut computerized axial tomography, surgical techniques and customized instruments, and cellular therapeutics using stem cell innovations, cartilage transplant and restoration
  • One of the first centers to report spontaneous resolution of osteonecrosis
  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach incorporating specialists in orthopaedic surgery, hematology, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, stem cell therapy and radiology leads to best possible outcomes


  • One of the first centers to work with industry to design and implement a clinical trial of TissueRepair Cells™ utilizing stem cell technology for transplantation into diseased bone
  • Research in natural history and surgical treatment of osteonecrosis (including a clinical trial of cement injection)through National Institutes of Health funding
  • Clinical trials offered to patients as available and appropriate stem cells come from patients’ own bone marrow. They do no come from any human embryonic source.


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