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Mr Santosh Venkatachalam


Orthopaedic surgery


Upper limb


MBBS, MS (Orth), DNB (Orth), FRCS (Orth)

GMC number: 6041252
Practicing since: 1999


Mr Venkatachalam specialises in upper limb conditions (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hands) including trauma, sports injuries, soft tissue disorders like cuff tears/ stiffness/dislocations with related problems and arthritis.

He performs arthroscopic (key hole) surgery for the shoulder (cuff repairs for rotator cuff tendon tears, stabilisations for shoulder dislocations/ subluxations, like releasing the lining of the joint for stiffness, arthroscopy of the elbow and wrist, other soft tissue procedures of the shoulder, elbow problems like tennis elbow and numerous hand disorders like Dupuytrens contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers and arthritis of the base of thumb. He also offers shoulder replacements (resurfacing, total shoulder replacements, reverse total shoulder replacements), elbow replacements, and hand joint replacements.

In 2014 he was awarded prestigious fellowships for elbow and shoulder and sports trauma, working under internationally renowned American and French surgeons for shoulder surgery and replacements.

Mr.Venkatachalam joined the trust as a consultant in 2014. He graduated in medicine in 1993 and completed his higher specialist orthopaedic surgical training locally in the north east  in various hospitals in our trust as well as Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough.

He was awarded fellowships at two prestigious upper limb specialist units at Wrightington, Manchester and Sheffield for a year. He has also been awarded popular visiting fellowships from national organisations like British Elbow and Shoulder Society, and British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Arthroscopy Association. He has visited internationally renowned shoulder keyhole surgeons and shoulder joint replacement surgeons in Texas, USA and France through this fellowships.

Treatments & Tests

  • Arthroscopy
  • Blood test
  • CT scan (or CAT scan)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Histopathology
  • MRI scan
  • Osteoporosis screen
  • Shoulder and MSK ultrasound
  • Rheumatology profiles
  • Bone Graft
  • Cubital tunnel release
  • Dupuytren’s fasciectomy
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Local anaesthetic
  • Manipulation under anaesthesia (MUA)
  • Orthotics
  • Osteotomy
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Shoulder decompression – key hole surgery
  • Shoulder Manipulation
  • Shoulder Stabilisation
  • Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
  • Tennis elbow release
  • Trapeziectomy
  • Trauma reconstruction
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Ultrasound
  • Nerve blocks


  1. Plating Of Fresh Displaced Midshaft Clavicular Fractures. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr C Sivaji, Miss Allison Shipton, Mr G Packer. Internet journal of Orthopaedic surgery,2007,Vol 4 number 3.
  2.  Anterior versus Superior plating of midshaft clavicular fractures Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr C Sivaji, Miss Allison Shipton, Mr G Packer. J.Orthopaedics 2007;4(4)e1
  3.  Traumatic fracture-dislocation of the hip following rugby tackle: a case report. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr N Heidari, Mr T Greer. Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol. 2009; 1: 28
  4. Results of locked flexible intramedullary nailing of metacarpal fractures: a case series. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr J Harrison. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg, 2011
  5. Spontaneous bilateral distal ulna fracture: an unusual complication in a rheumatoid patient. S Venkatachalam, P Dixon. J Orthop Traumatol. 2011 Jun;12(2).
  6. Results of Patch testing with Dental materials. S Venkatachalam, R Ponnusway, S Shenoy, V Sachin, C Balachandran. Contact Dermatitis 1999 Jan;40(1):5-1.
  7.  Fatal Pulmonary embolism following conservatively treated Achilles tendon rupture. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr K U Wright. International journal of surgery case reports 2012.
  8. Treatment of chronic anterior locked glenohumeral dislocation with hemiarthroplasty. Mr S Venkatachalam, Dr A Nicolas,  Mr R Liow. Shoulder and elbow, 2014 ( published online Feb 2014 ahead of print).

Book Chapters

  1. Orthopaedic Surgical approaches. Postgraduate Orthopaedics 2nd edition. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr J Loughead
  2. Hand viva chapter. Postgraduate Orthopaedics viva 1st edition Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr J Harrison
  3.  ABC of soft tissue disorders of the elbow. Mr S Venkatachalam, Mr D Stanley (submitted for publication)


  • British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
  • British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and
  • Arthroscopy Asscociation (BOSTAA)
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh


Mr Venkatachalam holds outpatient clinics at Hexham General Hospital every Monday and North Tyneside General Hospital every Wednesday.

Insurers Mr Santosh Venkatachalam works with

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna

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