Are you looking for a orthopaedic hand, shoulder, elbow, wrist or sports injury surgeon near you in Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Gateshead, Middlesbrough areas

Mr Santosh Venkatachalam FRCS ( Orth) Consultant Shoulder and Upper limb orthopaedic consultant, is able to offer you consultation and treatment/ surgery at a place near you in the north east of England.



Position: Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Trained in: Newcastle upon tyne rotation

Speciality: Upper limb Orthopaedic Surgeon

Shoulder surgery

Elbow surgery

Wrist surgery

Hand surgery

Sports injuries



Common surgeries performed:

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder stabilisations

Shoulder replacement

Surgery for sports injuries

Tennis elbow

Golfers elbow

Cubital tunnel decompressions

Carpal tunnel decompressions

Dupuytrens contracture release

Trigger fingers, Ganglions

Special interests: Key hole shoulder surgery (Arthroscopy)  procedures- stabilisations, impingement and rotator cuff repairs, shoulder replacement, elbow replacement, hand joint replacement for arthritis

Common upper limb problems for which consultations are offered:

  1. Shoulder problems: impingement, rotator cuff tears, stiffness, instability, arthritis, SLAP tears, biceps tendon problems
  2. Elbow problems: cubital tunnel syndrome ( trapped nerve at the elbow), stiffness, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, arthritis
  3. Wrist/ Hand problems: Rheumatoid arthritis hand, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytrens contracture, Trigger fingers, ganglions, DeQuiverans tenosynovitis, base of thumb arthritis, small joint arthritis
  4. Upper limb trauma and post fracture sequelae
  5. Sports related upper limb injuries

Professional Memberships

British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)

British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)

British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Asscociation (BOSTAA)

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Local associations:

North East Society of Hand surgeons
Coast castles North east shoulder and elbow group


Joan Watson
Email: joan.watson2@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk
Tel: 01912934355  Fax: 01912932575

Professional Profile:

Mr Venkatachalam specialises in upper limb conditions and problems (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hands).

He graduated in medicine in 1993 and finished his basic surgical training in the Essex region. He was selected for higher specialist orthopaedic training in the Newcastle upon tyne (northeast) region before becoming a specialist consultant surgeon in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems. He has worked in various hospitals around Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Middlesbrough as part of his training. He is actively involved in education/ selection of medical students at Newcastle University.


He was awarded fellowships in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand surgery at two prestigious upper limb specialist units at Wrightington hospital, Manchester and Northern General Hospital, Sheffield for a year. He has also been awarded visiting fellowships from National organisations like British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS), and British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA). He has visited and interacted with internationally renowned shoulder keyhole surgeons and shoulder joint replacement surgeons in San Antonio (Texas), San Diego ( California) USA and Lyon, Nice in France through these fellowships.

He is actively involved in research, presented at various national and international conferences, has several works published on the management of clavicle fractures and hand fractures. In addition, he is involved in education as a facilitator of learning to junior medical students, foundation doctors, registrars/ staff and authoring elements of the undergraduate orthopaedic curriculum for medical students and chapters in various text books. He is also involved in teaching through lectures, clinical cases, examiner for Newcastle University and Durham University medical students.He is also a faculty at various regional/ national courses for FRCS orthopaedics exam preparation ( Newcastle, Wrightington etc), shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder arthroplasty courses. He is an invited faculty at the Edinburgh MRCS OSCE preperation course at Christie and also the Art of Surgical training course at Liverpool.

He is a faculty for the  AO,a non profit organisation based in Switzerland and are one of the world leaders in surgical education for training aspiring orthopaedic doctors, nursing staff.

He is also an examiner for the Member of Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) in General surgery, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Trauma and Orthopaedics and for the Professional Linguistics Assessment Board exam (PLAB) for the General Medical council (GMC).

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