Gone are the days when powerful Nigerian officials travelled to the USA, UK, Europe and Middle East for Joint replacements. These days Indian orthopedic surgeons find favour amongst the political elite for medical treatment. High quality worth medical treatment is provided by western trained Indian doctors.
Speaking about his surgery at a conference at the Zankli medical centre where Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam was an invited guest, Dr. Mustafa had nothing but high praise for the Indian surgeon. It took nearly 6 months for him to recover from his right knee replacement in Germany sixteen years ago. He has a twelve inch long scar down the front of the knee. This time around the scar measures only 5 inches and he was able to walk without any support at only two to three weeks after surgery.
He said that although Nigeria had advanced in several ways, the Indian medical system was far ahead in providing high quality treatment. No wonder that large numbers of Nigerians are travelling to India for their Joint replacement surgery.
The cost of surgery in India was another favorable factor in drawing patients as a knee replacement in India costs about 8000 US dollars only compared to about 45000 in the US or 6000 Euro in Europe.
Surgeons and Doctors were present at the clinical meeting at the Zankli medical center where Dr. Venkatachalam gave a lecture on Hip resurfacing.
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The Chennai knee surgery center is a top notch private institution at the Kamakshi memorial hospital. Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam, MS, DNB, FRCS.MCh Orth is the chief orthopedic surgeon. He worked in the UK with leading orthopedic surgeons. He recently visited Nigeria to deliver a lecture at Abuja's Zankli medical center and to offer consultations to private patients. He was struck by the plight of patients suffering from arthritic problems. He has treated several Nigerian patients.