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Hip Resurfacing with Dr.Venkatachalam- American patient story

American double hip surgery with Dr.Venkatachalam

An American afflicted by bilateral hip arthritis sought advanced hip surgery in India with Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam. He underwent a hip resurfacing procedure and the advanced short stem Proxima hip replacement at the MJRC. He narrates his experience of double hip surgery in this video.

Rare Hip Replacement in India gives filip to American’s gait

battipagliaMr. Leonardo B a graphic designer from New York got a designer joint for his arthritic hip in Chennai, India. The innovative Proxima hip was implanted by Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam a British qualified orthopedic surgeon from the Madras Joint Replacement center.

Mr. Leonardo who turned 60 last December had come down with bilateral hip arthritis and was unable to enjoy life. Hailing from New York, he is settled in Spain now. He is one of several Americans expatriates who lack medical insurance. Hospitals in New York shunned him when he sought treatment for knee and thigh pain. A diagnosis took a while to arrive as it didn’t cross the mind of the doctors that he met in a New York hospital to get hip x rays when he complained of thigh and knee pain.

Often pain arising in the hip is first perceived in the knee on account of a common nerve supply.

He sought bilateral hip resurfacings in India in 2008 from Dr.Venkatachalam. This Joint replacement specialist performed a right hip resurfacing late last year. However the left hip had deteriorated to an extent to preclude a resurfacing. Mr. Leonardo was not keen to have a hip replacement as this would restrict his movements and had a risk of dislocation. His surgeon offered him a Proxima hip which has a unique design. It is not available in the United States.

Moreover costs of a Hip replacement in the US are priced above $50,000.

Hip arthritis strikes middle aged and elderly Caucasians. Its treatment has been a total hip replacement in those over 70 as the prosthesis is expected to outlive its recipient. In a total hip replacement, surgeons cut the head and neck portion of the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) and implant a stemmed metal prosthesis into the bone. A cup is fixed into the socket of the pelvic bone.

However younger people afflicted by hip arthritis will outlive a conventional hip replacement and will need additional surgery later on. To skirt around these problems there are other alternatives to a total hip replacement which have better longevity.

Better materials, bone preservation, navigational aids are all used to increase the longevity of a joint replacement.

Proxima hip prosthesis

Proxima hip shape

One such implant is the Proxima hip. This is a mini total hip and is an alternative to a total hip replacement. The stem portion of the total hip prosthesis is done away with and the prosthesis is impacted in the metaphysic of the femur. Bone in the neck of femur is not cut away as in a THR. Large diameter metal on metal (MOM) or Ceramic on metal bearings can be coupled to the stem to achieve a very durable joint. It is particularly useful when a resurfacing cant’ be done on account of advanced bone loss or presence of cavities in bone.

Designed by an Italian surgeon and launched in the international market in 2002, the hip has more than a decade’s follow up.

The Proxima hip was introduced in South India by Dr.Venkatachalam in 2006.

This is the first time in India that this prosthesis has been used for an American patient.

Mr. B will spend a week in hospital and then recuperate in a lovely sea side resort.

Hemmed in by the recession, Americans like Mr. Leonardo are seeking treatment abroad.

The attractions of having a surgery abroad are many.

No doubt will you be able to save 70 percent from your hospital bill;

You will get an equivalent or better personalized service than in an American hospital.

Indian surgeons like Dr. Venkatachalam of have been trained in the UK.

The driving force in medical tourism is not only costs but availability of innovative procedures. Americans being consumerists are always looking out for best quality & value. Mr Leonardo can now boast to a friend back home that he has now got a Ferrari hip in India in comparison toa Dodge hip that one would get back home.

American’s Hip Resurfacing


American patient relaxing at a seaside resort after hip resurfacing at MJRC.

American’s Hip resurfacing with Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam in Chennai
An American citizen from New York Mr.Leonard Battipaglia underwent a hipresurfacing in Chennai with Dr. A.K.Venkatachalam. The affordable treatment provided saved him a lot of money.
In a vote of confidence for Indian surgeon Dr. Venkatachalam, an American citizen
joined a long line of foreigners to undergo a Joint replacement. New Yorker, Mr. Leonard
Battipaglia recently underwent a hip resurfacing for an arthritic hip. He will soon return
to have his second hip also treated by the same surgeon. He is scheduled to undergo a
Proxima hip replacement on that side.
Mr. Battipaglia had faced frustrating times with American doctors. Nearly for two years
ago, he had been approaching the prestigious Lennon Hill hospital in New York with
thigh and knee pain. Every time he was shooed away by a junior doctor without
undergoing an x ray even. Finally an X ray revealed that he had advanced hip arthritis in
both hips. He was refused a total hip replacement. Unable to bear the pain, Leonard then
searched for other options.
He zeroed in Indian Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. A.K.Venkatachalam for his expertise in hip
He arrived in Chennai with his wife and was accorded a warm welcome at Chennai
airport on the night of the Mumbai blasts.
Within a day of arrival, he went under the knife of Dr. Venakatachalam. The surgeon
performed a hip resurfacing on his right hip.
The left hip was destroyed beyond a hip resurfacing and will have a Proxima hip
replacement shortly.
After enjoying another week’s holiday at a seaside resort, the couple has returned to
Spain for recuperation.
Surgery performed at DR.Venkatachalam’s Hip & Knee surgery centre, Chennai, India
Tel 91 9176640002