Dr AK Venkatachalam is a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon in Chennai (Madras). He is affiliated to the Chettinad health city.
He was educated in India and the UK. He completed his basic Orthopaedic training in New Delhi. He then underwent higher Orthopedic training for four years in Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester where he worked as a specialist registrar. He got a sound exposure to all super specialties of Orthopedics like Joint replacements, arthroscopy, Spinal surgery, Paediatric Orthopaedic surgery, Hand and foot surgery and trauma. He went on to publish several articles in International medical journals. After his return to India and has been working as a consultant in corporate private hospitals.
He took a break to head the department of Orthopaedics at a regional referral hospital in Oman and later worked as a consultant in Dubai, UAE. His teaching appointments include the post of an Assistant Professor at the Chettinad medical college, Tamil nadu, India. He has been invited to present Guest lectures at the prestigious Tawam hospital in Al Ain, UAE and other centres in India. He has headed research and development for a company in the Orthopedic implant industry and still provides valuable insights for new products.
He has established himself as an expert in all aspects of Knee, Shoulder and Hip surgery. He has pioneered High flexion Knee replacements, Mobile bearing knee replacements, bilateral knee replacements. Recently he achieved the distinction of being the first Indian surgeon to perform the 'Proxima Hip replacement' & Copeland shoulder resurfacing. He started an initiative for Meniscal transplant in Chennai India. He has worked at centers of excellence in Belgium, UAE, Oman and the UK.
Currently he is interested in minimal invasive Knee replacements, less invasive surgery of the Hip, knee and shoulder. In the Knee, he performs Minimally invasive High flex knee replacements, unicondylar replacements, revision surgery, High tibial and femoral osteotomies, arthroscopies, ACL Reconstruction, cartilage surgery.
He offers all procedures in Hip surgery like Hip replacements, Hip resurfacing, Birmingham Hip replacement, Proxima hip. He has the most extensive experience in treating acetabular and pelvic fractures. Recently he acquired the distinction of performing the bone preserving hip replacement or Proxima Hip.
His shoulder practice consists of both open and arthroscopic procedures. Shoulder resurfacing, replacements, Arthroscopic subacromial decompression, Rotator cuff repair, Mumford procedure Bankarat and SLAP repairs are to name a few operations that he performs. He contributes articles to several news, papers, journals and magazines.