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

Hip Resurfacing India-testimonial of American patient

Hello Leonardo– I was going to write and tell you of my adventures,
but time just seems to fly. Anyway, the following is what happened.
Oct. 14 flew to Chennai at night. Dr. V had forgotten there was a major Indian Holiday on Sat the 17th and there would be few in the Hospital working. Hurray up and do tests! Ooops–Andy has high
blood pressure. Worked hard and got it down for the Proxima operation on Friday.
They talked me into having a “spinal” for anasthesia (I’ve had a prejudice against spinals since 1963!) and I was very happy I had it.
NO PAIN–at all. Turned out during the operation they could do the Birmingham Method–so I went out with the second biggest Birmingham head they make(It’s the best for me).
Got rid of all pain pills in about 3 days.
After 6 days went to Mahabs Resort(Dr. V’s friend).
The BEST place, for sure. The people were so friendly and tried to be helpful all the time–including the man that cleaned the pool everyday, the maids who cleaned the room, and the waiters from the restaurant. In 10 days we only had one meal in the restaurant.
They came to our room 3-4 times a day for food orders and the owner of Mahabs even had a table specially made so I could use my laptop and my wife and I could eat all meals on the deck.
I felt quite special.
Left India on Nov. 2 feeling a little weak, but with no pain.
Stopped using the hand crutches Dec. 4, swam on two different days, and am driving my truck just fine, now!!
I tell everyone that I’ve had many worse experiences and pain from going to the Dentist!!! But wait, Dr. V, just remember I’m going to be looking for rewards from you, for the 100 or so patients I’ll be sending you!!!
Thank you, Leonardo, for your imput and support.
Everything turned out to be much easier than I ever expected.
I miss having fun with Dr. V, too. I don’t miss the Indian food–
very happy to be back in Thailand!!

Orthopedic surgery in India – Foot surgery for Nigerian

A Nigerian judge sought Orthopedic surgery from Dr.Venkatachalam for his son’s Paralytic foot.

Here he narrates his experience.

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

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.

Hip resurfacing for Young patients


Photo of a young Ethiopian patient who underwent Durom Hip resurfacing at the Madras Joint replacement center ( MJRC). For Hip resurfacing visit