The following email is from a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing India patient. Andy from Cambodia informs that he is doing great after five years.

Hello, Dr. V,

I’ve been so Blessed with the results I’ve had with the Birmingham Smith-Nephew Hip Resurfacing Method!!! I can barely tell the difference between my right and left hip. Couldn’t be better. I still can’t play the Piano, and I don’t want to learn Muay-Thai fighting-don’t want to get kicked in the leg. Love you a lot and Bless you for your diligence!!

Best Regards,


Andy came for a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing from Thailand. He wished to continue with an active life which the Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure allowed him to do. His operated leg feels no different from the other normal one.

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Hip Resurfacing India American success story Dr.Venkatachalam

Ah, my favorite doctor ! Nice to hear from you. Summer is in full swing here, which means barbaque and boating. Thanks to your wonderful work I was able to try wake boarding this year. It was one of my goals to return to a more active lifestyle. Its really depressing to lose physical ability before your time. I was hoping to last till at least 99 before giving up skydiving and being shot out of a cannon ! Thanks again and good fortune.
signed Grandon Benson

American Grandon Benson, Hip resurfacing patient of Dr.Venkatachalam

American Grandon Benson, Hip resurfacing patient of Dr.Venkatachalam

Video testimonial of Grandon Benson from Seattle, Washington, USA. He underwent right Birmingham hip resurfacing by Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam of

Birmingham Hip resurfacing puts American back on his feet.

Grandon Benson from Portland Washington had his Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery in India. After enduring 12 years of pain, he is relieved and able to walk normally.

Grandon had damaged his right hip in a car accident 12 years ago. Although it was fixed in the US, he developed arthritis. Like many baby boomers, Grandon didn’t want to lead a life of misery and pain. When he couldn’t get surgery back home in the US, he preferred Indian Orthopedic surgeon Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam to perform his right hip resurfacing.

Grandon underwent the Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure which is of recent vintage in the US.

He is recovering in hospital and will soon go to a resort for recuperation.

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Grandon Benson,USA patient for BHR

Birmingham Hip resurfacing – American patient story

American patient talks about his high value medical treatment in India. He received a Birmingham hip by Dr.Venkatachalam for a very affordable cost in Chennai, India.

Sufferin from hip pain? Hip resurfacing a solution

People dread getting old. If you are Caucasian and approaching your forties, you may have already noticed that some of the things you did as a teenager aren’t that easy anymore. As a general rule, if you take care of yourself when you are young, getting old will be easier. Joint pains develop and progress to restrict your life style and stop you enjoying outdoor activities.

A lot of people will have to face as a part of the aging process one of those things is hip replacements for hip pain.

According to The National Institue of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases there are over 193000 hip replacements performed in the U.S. each year. In the UK, the numbers are about 5, 00000 per year.

Hip resurfacing operation

Hip resurfacing operation

Avascular necrosis treatment India

Young patients are affected. Some of the causes leading to osteonecrosis are steroid intake, alcoholism, connective tissue disorders like SLE, Sickle cell disease, hypertension, decompression sickness, thrombosis, In a large number of individuals the cause is unknown or Idiopathic. Young and middle aged patients are affected. Involvement of both hips is fairly common.


Avascular necrosis treatment India

Hip showing advanced changes of avascular necrosis

Diagnosis- It takes a long time for the bony changes to be visible on plain x rays.

MRI scans and nuclear bone scans reveal the diagnosis early on when the condition is suspected. Both hips need to be imaged simultaneously. CT scans help to identify the extent of the bony involvement.


The treatment depends on the stage of the disease. Most often conservative or non operative measures fail. Surgical treatment ranges from core drilling to total hip replacements. In the early stages core drilling can lead to a positive result in a good proportion of cases.

When this has failed, or the stage is more advanced, hip resurfacing is advised. However the surgeon should do so after a diligent assessment of the extent of disease. Hip resurfacing can be done when the extent of the femoral head involvement is less than 30 percent.  Presence of cysts,  small size of the head are not the right indication for a hip resurfacing. A short stem hip replacement is a better choice. It is most suited for young patients as it sacrifices very little bone from the top of the femur.

Hip resurfacing operation

Hip resurfacing operation

The presence of cysts makes hip resurfacing more difficult to perform with confidence. In these cases there are two options. The Short stem hip replacement is one option.

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Short stem hip replacement

where the bone is amputated at the base of the head.  Then a short stem is impacted into the top portion or Proximal part of the neck and metaphysis of the femur. This has a large ball made of Delta ceramic of nearly the same diameter as the natural femoral head. The socket is  lined with a ceramic cup.

The other option is the Mid head resection Birmingham hip or BMHR.

Birmingham Mid head resection prosthesis

Birmingham Mid head resection prosthesis

This operation involves amputating almost the entire head of the femur containing the cysts, impacting a conical stem into the neck portion of the femur and attaching a Birmingham hip like prosthesis. The cup also gets a metal liner

Ceramic hip replacement

To get a stem cell treatment or short stem hip replacement visit for more information. If you suffer from this disease and want these procedures, e mail