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Osteonecrosis can affect any bone in the body. The most common sites are the Hips, Knees, Shoulders and Ankles in that order of frequency. Certain other bones may develop osteonecrosis when they are fractured, and the fracture damages the blood supply, particularly one of the small bones of the wrist and some of the bones of the foot and ankle. So far, all of the above are treated by Orthopedic Surgeons. One other site, that is not treated by orthopedic surgeons, is osteonecrosis of the jaw. This is treated by maxillofacial (craniofacial) surgeons, and has its own set of peculiarities.

The principals in the development and maintenance of the NONF do not have expertise in Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, and are not in a position to advise patients who carry this diagnosis. The American Dental Association has information on their web site at
but we are not aware of a web site such as this for osteonecrosis of the jaw.


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