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Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery

Our Orthopedic Department at VIMS Hospitals is one of the top-ranked orthopaedic centers in Salem. We offer comprehensive care for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide range of injuries and conditions of the bones and joints, making us a preferred destination for orthopedic treatment and surgery in the region. Our orthopaedic doctors perform a wide array of diagnostic tests to identify the nature of the musculoskeletal condition and plan the perfect course of treatment. The Orthopedic Surgery Program at VIMS Hospitals provides a full continuum of services, from admission through your hospital stay to after-discharge follow-up.

The department is staffed by specially trained nurses, inpatient rehabilitation specialists, and other health care professionals trained in the care of orthopedic patients. Our Orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained and provide skilled treatment to patients with hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, spine, foot, ankle, and paediatric orthopedic conditions. At VIMS Hospitals, we offer specialised surgical treatments for hip, knee, and shoulder joint revision surgeries (total joint replacement surgeries). Our Orthopedic Surgeons have extensive experience and provide patients with world-class joint replacement surgeries that yield exemplary results.

World-Class Infrastructure

We offer personalised care driven by the latest research and evidence-based medicine. The 24/7 trauma team specialises in early stabilisation of fractures and aggressive rehabilitation for patients who have sustained major trauma from an accident or other disaster. Our department comprises highly experienced professionals, thoroughly equipped to manage mass casualties.

A total knee and hip joint replacement is a surgical procedure that involves replacing the worn-out or damaged joints of the knee and the hip with a prosthesis (artificial joint) made of metal or plastic. The parts of a knee joint that can be replaced include the femur (the lower part of the thigh bone), tibia (the upper part of the shin bone), and patella (the back portion of the kneecap). The parts of the prosthetic hip joint consist of a stem, a ball, and a cup.

A total knee and hip joint replacement is recommended for patients with severely damaged knee and hip joints due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or injury. Arthritis stiffens the joints, making it painful and harder to walk, even for shorter distances. The joint replacement of the knee and hip is usually considered when therapies like medications, exercises, or other therapies have not been helpful.

Total Knee Replacement: Surgery for replacing the knee joint (also known as total knee arthroplasty) is performed either under general anaesthesia or under spinal or epidural anaesthesia. The knee is opened using an incision of 8–10 inches long. The kneecap is moved so that the damaged part of the cartilage at the end of the thigh bone and shin bone can be cut and replaced with a metal prosthesis. In between the metal prosthesis and the spacer, a medical-grade plastic spacer is inserted for a smooth gliding surface. The back portion of the kneecap is replaced with the prosthesis, which is usually made of strong plastic.

Total Hip Replacement: Surgery for replacing the hip joint (also known as total hip arthroplasty) is performed either under general anaesthesia or spinal or epidural anaesthesia. Traditionally, hip replacement surgery uses longer incisions over the hip joint. In a more advanced approach, a few smaller incisions on the hip joint are made to access the hip joint (minimally invasive hip replacement). The damaged cartilage and bone are removed and replaced with hip prostheses made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The stem is fitted into the femur, or the thigh bone; a ball, or the head joint, is fixed onto the stem; and a cup is placed inside the hip joint socket.

Shoulder Replacement: This is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the glenohumeral joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Such joint replacement surgery is generally conducted to relieve arthritis pain or fix severe physical joint damage. Shoulder replacement surgery is an option for the treatment of severe arthritis of the shoulder joint. Arthritis is a condition that affects the cartilage of the joints. As the cartilage lining wears away, the protective lining between the bones is lost. When this happens, painful bone-on-bone arthritis develops. Severe shoulder arthritis is quite painful and can cause restriction of motion. While this may be tolerated with some medications and lifestyle adjustments, there may come a time when surgical treatment is necessary.

  • Children’s Orthopedics
  • Fractures, Strains, and Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Elbow surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgeries
  • Nerve Disorders, Neuromas
  • Tendonitis
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Bone Grafting
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spine Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports reconditioning
  • Over 5,000 orthopaedic surgeries are performed.
  • Over 500 or above, knee and hip replacement surgeries are performed.
  • Over 100 successful deformity correction surgeries

Dr. K. Meenakshi Sundaram

D.Ortho.,DNB (ortho).,Mch (ortho).,MNAMS
Medical Director
Consultant – Orthopedics

Dr. K.G. Kandasamy

MBBS., D.Ortho., DNB Ortho
Consultant – Orthopeadics


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