Consultant Profile

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam  MBBS, MS (Orth), DNB ( Orth) FRCS ( Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Washington Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Elbow surgery
    • Hand Surgery
    • Shoulder surgery
    • Sports injury
    • Upper limb surgery
    • Wrist surgery
Special clinical interests:

Arthrosocopic procedures (Key hole operations),  Arthroplasties ( joint replacements), Sports injuries

Research interests:

Common upper limb problems dealt with (not an exhaustive list)

- Shoulder: Rotator cuff tears, arthritis, Impingement, shoulder dislocations/ subluxations (instabilities), sports injuries, fractures, stiffness (frozen shoulders), trauma

Elbow: ligament injuries (instabilities), tennis/ golfers elbow, trapped nerve at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), arthritis, loose bodies, biceps/ triceps problems, sports injuries, trauma

- Wrist/ Hand problems : ligament injuries ( instabilities), arthritis, scaphoid problems, small joint arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dupuytrens’ contracture, DeQuiverans’ tenosynovitis, thumb base arthritis, trauma

- Sports related upper limb injuries

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Upper limb surgeon, Northumbria Healthcare

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

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

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0191 2816131
Monday afternoons
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam specialises in upper limb conditions/ problems ( shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) and sports injuries.

He graduated in medicine in 1993 and completed his basic surgical training in South East of England. He was selected for higher specialist orthopaedic training in the North east region before becoming a Consultant in Northumbria Healthcare.

He was selected for a National training number in Northern Deanery and he trained as a registrar in various hospitals in the North east.  He was awarded two prestigious upper limb specialist units at Wrightington hospital, and Northern General hospital Sheffield.  He has also been awarded visiting fellowships from National organisations like British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) and British Orthopaedics Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA). He has visited and interacted with internationally renowned shoulder surgeons (both keyhole and joint replacement surgeons) in San Antonio (Texas, USA), San Diego (California, USA), Lyon (France) and Nice (France) through these fellowships.

He is actively involved in research, training of junior doctors, allied health professionals (nurses, physiotherapists), education on General practitioners in the region and nationally. He is also a faculty in various regional/ national courses for FRCS Orthopaedics, shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty courses. His private practice covers the whole of the North East including Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Personal profile:

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his young family, plays badminton and loves travelling. 

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Mr Santosh Venkatachalam

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam  Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Washington, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, private hospital specialist.

Procedures performed by Mr Venkatachalam at Spire Washington Hospital

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Dupytren's contracture
Rotator cuff repair
Shoulder arthroscopy
Shoulder replacement
Tennis elbow 

Please note, this list is not exhaustive, to find out more call 0191 418 8687

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