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International Patient Services: Yes
Languages: English,Hindi,Tamil



At the Madras joint replacement centre we offer high quality Joint replacements. Patients from many countries have availed latest advances in joint replacement at our centre.

Hospital is located in Chenna city. Rooms cater to all budgets with single rooms, suites, villas. Cable TV & choice of cuisine is provided. Most importantly, the dedicated operating theatre has guided air flow. HEPA filters with 99. 99 % efficiency, where the air is changed 25 times per hour eliminates the chances of infection. Well trained English speaking nurses will attend to your needs.

Multi-specialty referrals are available to assess a patient with concomitant illnesses and prepare them for surgery. Recovery from surgery is no longer a painful ordeal, as expert anesthetists provide effective anesthesia and post operative pain relief.

The intensive care unit is monitored by alert physicians round the clock. There are well qualified physiotherapists to help you recover quickly from surgery.

One attendant can be accommodated in the patient's room itself at no additional cost. Special menus can be catered for. A rejuvenation Ayurvedic package can be arranged. An overseas patient coordinator will arrange your tours, reservations and shopping activities.


Your surgery will be conducted in the best hospital environment by Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam

The hospital adheres to international standards of best clinical care, safe environment, medication safety, respect for rights and privacy, international infection control standards. Choice of shared, single private rooms & suites exist. The interiors of the rooms have eye pleasing wall covering and furniture, flat screen TV, comfortable extra bed. The sprawling serene Hospital campus is a mini township thoughtfully designed with dwelling units for patient's attendants, shopping plazas, food courts, post office, internet cafes, banks etc, in effect every convenience one could ever need. Specialized physiotherapy helps patients to gain full knee bend quickly after surgery.

List of Specialities and Departments:

  • Orthopedics
  • Knee Surgery
  • Hip Procedures
  • Shoulder Procedures


List Of Treatments / Surgery

Knee surgery

  • Total knee replacement
  • High flexion knee replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Uni-condylar knee replacement
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic menisectomy, loose body removal
  • Autologous cartilage cell implant (ACI)
  • Micro fracture
  • Patellar realignment - lateral release, tibial tubercle transfer, plication

Hip Procedures

  • Hip resurfacing
  • Total hip replacement
  • Short stem hip replacement
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Corrective osteotomy
  • Ossron therapy for avascular necrosis ( Stem cell therapy)

Shoulder Procedures

  • Shoulder resurfacing
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Key hole surgery
  • Stabilization of recurrent dislocation
  • Rotator cuff repair


Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam MBBS, MS Orth, Dip NB Orth, FRCS Glasgow, M.Ch Ortho Liverpool

Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam graduated from Kilpauk medical college, Madras University in 1984 Feb. He got his post graduate qualifications, MS Orthopedics from one of Asia's busiest orthopedic institutes, The Central Institute of Orthopaedics at Safdarjang hospital, New Delhi. He concurrently got the second post graduate degree in Orthopaedics, DNB Orthopaedics from the National board of examinations. Soon thereafter his interests in joint replacements took him to the UK where he gained extensive training at some of the best hospitals as a specialist registrar. These include Alderhey hospital, Addenbrooke's hospital, Royal Liverpool hospital etc. He passed the fellowship exam of the Royal College of surgeons of Glasgow. During his registrar rotation in North West England, he secured the prestigious M.Ch Orth degree from the University of Liverpool, England.

In the UK he got a sound exposure in all super specialties like joint replacements, revision surgery, arthroscopy, spinal surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, hand and foot surgery and trauma. He worked with some of the stalwarts in knee & hip surgery, Mr. David Dandy & Richard Villar in Cambridge, John Hodgkinson in North Manchester and shoulder specialists Mr.Muddu & Nabil Fahmy.

His current interests are joint replacements of hip knee & shoulder. During the last decade, he has pioneered several innovations in Joint replacements. These are flexible knee replacements, Oxinium knee, Oxford knee, Proxima hip in Chennai & South India. He also introduced the time tested Copeland Shoulder resurfacing to South India. He was one of the first to introduce arthroscopic surgery of shoulder in Chennai. He has the most extensive experience in treating acetabular and pelvic fractures. Recently he has introduced the Oxinium Journey knee prosthesis in South India.

He is presently a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor in Orthopaedics at the Chettinad Hospital and Medical College. His specialty interests are hip, knee & shoulder arthroplasty. He is also keen on biological treatment options like stem cell therapy for early cartilage and bony lesions. Knee & shoulder arthroscopic surgery constitutes another field of interest. He has held the positions of a senior specialist and specialist in Orthopaedics in Middle Eastern countries of Oman and Dubai. He has lectured in India and abroad on hip & knee arthroplasty and trauma.

He has headed research & development for an ISO certified company manufacturing Orthopaedic implants.

His articles have been published in newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, Time, Woman's era etc. He contributes articles to several newspapers, journals and magazines. He has been interviewed by British TV Channel 4, CNN IBN, CTV & Indian channels for his experience in treating overseas patients from the UK, USA and Canada. He participated in international conferences in the UK, US, Canada and the Middle East. Recently he delivered two talks at the Arab health summit in Dubai.

Educational Qualifications

Degrees & Diplomas University / Institutions
MBBS University of Madras (February 1984)
DNB Orth Diplomate of National Board (Orthopedics) of Examinations (1991)
MS Orth University of Delhi (1992) Best Post graduate
FRCS Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (1994)
M.Ch Orth University of Liverpool (1995)

Academic achievements

  • Twelve publications in international journals like The Foot, Orthopedics International
  • Two dissertations
  • Twenty international courses and symposia
  • Guest lectures in India and abroad
  • Attended International medical tourism Expo in London 2006.His patient testimonials are featured on

Present position
Consultant Orthopedic surgeon & Assistant Professor - Chettinad hospitals & Health city, India.

Previous appointments

Orthopedic consultant - Knee specialist, hip replacement, resurfacing, shoulder resurfacing, replacement private practice Chennai

  • Assistant Professor in Orthopedics, Chettinad medical college, Padur- 2006
  • Specialist Orthopedic surgeon, Dubai hospital and Rashid hospital, Dubai, UAE- 2003
  • Senior specialist, Head of department of Orthopedics, Ibri regional referral hospital, Oman 2002 - 2003
  • Consultant in Orthopedics, 1998-2002 Apollo Specialty hospitals, Chennai
  • Consultant in Orthopedics- Child's trust hospital- 1999- 2000
  • Consultant in Orthopedics- Sundaram medical foundation- 1999
  • Consultant in Orthopedics- Metro hospital, NOIDA, Sunflag hospital, Faridabad 1997- 1998
  • Consultant in Orthopedics- St.Stephen's hosital, Delhi
  • Senior registrar in Orthopaedics - Bolton hospital, England, UK- Jan 1997- March 1997
  • Specialist registrar in Orthopedics, North West rotation, UK- at Tameside general, Stepping hill hospital Stockport, North Manchester general hospital, UK 1994 Dec to Dec 1996
  • Registrar in orthopedics- Inverclyde royal hospital- Greenock, Scotland 1994
  • Registrar in Orthopedics- Royal Liverpool University hospital, Liverpool 1994
  • Orthopedic department - Alderhey hospital, Liverpool.1993-1994
  • Junior resident in Orthopedics- Central Institute of Orthopedics, New Delhi
  • Medical Officer- Army Medical corps- 1984- 1989- Base hospitals
  • Visited centres of excellence in Dubai, UAE UK and Belgium

Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam visited centres of excellence in Dubai, UAE, UK and Belgium.

Guest Lectures

Acetabular farctures- Tawam hospital, Al Ain, UAE
Ibri regional hospital, Oman
Indian Medical tourism destination, Toronto Canada- November 2009
Arab health summit- January 2010


Fifteen courses in the UK & several in India including the advanced AO course, lizarov course, external fixators, intermediate arthroscopy course, osteotomies, minimal invasive knee replacement, hip resurfacing, Proxima hip replacement.

He pioneered high flexion knee replacements, Oxford Unicondylar knee replacement, minimally invasive knee replacement, Journey Oxinium knee replacement, shoulder arthroscopy.

He conducted India’s first Twitter cast of a live knee replacement in June 2009. This was the world’s second Twitter cast of a joint replacement.

Regularly contributes articles & columns to Newspapers, Magazines and Internet portals in India (NDTV & Ask Your Doctor online) and UAE (Gulf MD).

Research- Headed research & development for new Orthopedics products like instruments, implants for Invecta medi equipment limited (IMEL) an ISO 9001 company in the year 2005.


Ashish, Abu Dhabi

This is Ashish from Abu Dhabi. My mom is doing great. I take her out for long walks every day. She is able to kneel and offer Namaz. Her pains have disappeared. I wish to place my sincere thanks for the excellent service provided to my mom. Ashish

Mrs Mary Carmichael, North East England

Good Morning Dr Venkatachalam, We have been home a week tonight, and things seem to be going well. My GP is very pleased with what he saw, apparently here you have an x-ray after six months, he will arrange one under NHS but we may well come back between September and Christmas, so I expect you would arrange it. I'm afraid I didn't contact the press, sorry! But I did talk to Puni and told her she could give my phone no. and email to anyone who was interested. I enclose some pictures of when we were in Chennai and the last one taken this morning. It was very cold when we got home 10C during the day!! Yesterday it warmed up to about 21C it doesn't get much warmer than that! All good wishes to you and all the staff, Mary and George.

Mr.Abid Hussain, Malaysia

Hi Doctor, I hope you are doing fine and making the patients walk as good as ever. I felt proud of you and also of myself for getting to know you and seeing your abilities as a great surgeon and a humble human being. God Bless you for this. Dad is recovering fast from his TKR and is doing his exercises regularly (as what he tells me) and he is convinced that in another month he will be walking without any support (I would like to believe him on this). Abid Hussain, Singapore S/o Dr.M.S.Husssain Lucknow. Dear Doc, Attached are the photos of my dad which you wanted. You can see how much he has improved and its all because of you and my dad’s constant effort. Thanks again cheersAbid Hussain, Jakarta.