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Indian Orthopedic surgeon in South India performs the first Proxima hip replacement in Chennai by an Indian surgeon

The latest advancement in Hip replacement, the "Proxima Hip" a stem less stem and metal on metal bearings was performed in South India for the first time by an Indian Orthopedic surgeon, Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam

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November 26, 2006 (FPRC) -- Hip surgery's latest development, the stem less stem or "Proxima hip" was implanted into a patient for Osteonecrosis at a private hospital in the city. Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam of www.hipsurgery.in and www.kneeindia.com became the first Orthopedic surgeon in Chennai and South India to do the operation.
Speaking to this news channel, he said, that this hip had ten years of follow up in the west and had been recently introduced in the Indian market. It was designed to eliminate some of the disadvantages of a total hip replacement.
The patient was a 33 year old lady with osteonecrosis or loss of blood supply to both hips. The top of the thigh bone was crumbling due to the disease and the pain had severe hip pain since the last five years.
In view of her young age, a total hip replacment which takes away more bone stock from the upper end of the thigh bone was not suitable. Moreover a conventional total hip replacement had several disadvantages like the risk of dislocation and wear due to debris particles.
Metal on metal bearings have reduced the incidence and quantum of wear and prosthesis made of these stood a chance of surviving longer.
The "Proxima" hip named after a character in the film " Gladiator" is a revolutionary prosthesis. It has a short stem and is anchored in the spongy bone without cement. The bearings have a larger diameter and are metal on metal.
The surgery has been performed by visiting surgeons in a few hospitals in the country but it was performed by an Indian Orthopedic surgeon for the first time in South India

Send an email to Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam MS Orth, DNB Orth, FRCS, MCH orth of Knee & Shoulder Clinic, Chennai
00 91 9282165002



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