Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Doctor's shoulder set free of pain after shoulder resurfacing in Chennai

Physicians also sometimes become patients. A middle aged physician bid good bye to gnawing shoulder pain after getting a shoulder resurfacing recently. Shoulder surgery in India is offered by a few super specialized doctors. Shoulder resurfacing is one such procedure that is gaining hold in the treatment of arthritis. Shoulder arthritis is a condition where the lining of the joint wears away. Severe pain is felt particularly when sleeping on the affected side. Painkillers and intra articular injections may work in the beginning. However a definitive procedure is often required to relieve pain. Shoulder replacement and resurfacing are the two joint replacement options. Shoulder replacement replaces the whole of the joint with a metal prosthesis which is inserted into the upper end of the humerus ( arm bone). Shoulder resurfacing on the other hand preserves bone and just caps the worn out cartilage with a metal prosthesis without cutting away any bone.
It is thus an effective alternative to shoulder resurfacing says Dr.Venkatachalam.
The advantages of shoulder resurfacing are many says Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam an Orthopaedic surgeon in Chennai who performed the operation for this male gynecologist from North India. The patient can soon get back his full range of movements. The cost of a shoulder resurfacing is affordable.
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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Shoulder resurfacing relieves arthritic pain for South African lady

A South African lady bid goodbye to shoulder arthritis via a shoulder resurfacing in India. This bone preserving operation was performed at a Chennai hospital recently.
Mrs. Saleha Khatum, the patient hails the operation a success as she no longer feels severe disturbing night pain. She had undergone a similar procedure on the right shoulder last year. A satisfactory result brought her back for surgery to the other painful shoulder.
Medical tourism to India is vibrant despite the recession and terror strikes. Patients come for elective orthopedic procedures like Shoulder & hip resurfacing and knee replacements says Consultant Orthopedic surgeon Dr. A.K.Venkatachalam of the JRCC (Joint replacement center, Chennai).
Common causes leading to shoulder arthritis are injuries, rotator cuff tears, repeated steroid injections, rheumatoid arthritis, instability, avascular necrosis and primary shoulder arthritis.
Shoulder resurfacing preserves most bone stock at the upper end of the humerus. Only the arthritis surface is scraped and capped with a metal prosthesis. There is no need to sacrifice valuable bone stock in these cases of arthritis unlike a traditional shoulder replacement where the head portion of the arm bone is chopped off. Patients regain full movement and get complete pain relief. The Copeland shoulder prosthesis was used on this occasion. Cost in India is one tenth of the cost in South Africa
Dr. A.K.Venkatachalam
Joint replacement center Chennai