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Dr. Rufus Vasanth Raj

MBBS, DNB (Ortho), FIJR, FASM (ISAKOS), FHAA (Spain), FSS (Australia)

Senior Consultant - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Head - Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics

Chennai

Brief Profile

Dr. Rufus Vasanth Raj, Senior Consultant & Clinical Lead-Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine at Rela Institute of Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery is a fellowship-trained surgeon with over 10 years of experience in Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty, Trauma & Sports Medicine. He started his medical career from the prestigious Madras Medical College and was further trained in Orthopaedics from various premium institutions all over the world. The major part of his training in trauma comes from Sundaram Medical Foundation. He completed his Joint Replacement (Arthroplasty) Fellowship from Ganga Hospital which is recognized by MGR University, followed by Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Fellowship from Ortho One Hospital which is recognized as an International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) approved center. He has been trained in several International Institutions to become a master in his specialties. He underwent Complex Trauma training from Shanghai, China. He learnt Hip Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty and Cartilage Restoration techniques from Spain and currently is one of the few Hip Arthroscopy Specialists available in India. His major experience in Shoulder & Knee Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty comes from Australia, Germany and Singapore.

He is a widely acclaimed expert in the field of Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty, Orthobiologics, Trauma and Sports Medicine where he has carved a name for himself with excellent results and high patient satisfaction. He is an accredited National Faculty for State and Indian Orthopaedic Conferences. He has also published a lot of National and International publications which has helped fellow orthopaedic colleagues to gain more knowledge. He is currently a reviewer for two prestigious Journals – European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology and Indian Journal of Orthopaedics.

He is an active member of the International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy, Indian Arthroscopy Society, Indian Society of Hip & Knee Surgeons, Indian Cartilage Society, AO Trauma India, Indian Orthopaedic Association, Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, Tamil Nadu Arthroscopy Society, to name a few.

At Rela Institute, Dr. Rufus and his team of rehabilitation specialists will provide state-of-the-art care with emphasis on accelerated recovery and rehabilitation for faster patient recovery.

Educational Qualifications

  • MBBS, Madras Medical College, 2008, Chennai.
  • DNB Ortho, Dr. Rangarajan Memorial Hospital (Sundaram Medical Foundation), 2013, Chennai.
  • Fellowship in Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement), Ganga Medical Centre and Hospital Pvt. Ltd., 2016, Coimbatore.
  • Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Ortho One Orthopaedic Speciality Centre, 2017, Coimbatore.
  • Fellowship in Hip Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty, Clinica Mompia General Hospital, 2018, Spain.
  • Fellowship in Shoulder Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty, St. John of God Subiaco Hospital, 2019, Perth, Australia

Clinical Expertise

  • Advanced Arthroscopy (Key Hole) of Knee & Shoulder
  • Hip, Elbow, Wrist, Foot & Ankle arthroscopy
  • Sports related injuries (Dislocation, Ligament, Muscle and Tendon injuries)
  • Arthroscopy Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) primary and revision reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) repair and reconstruction with Internal Bracing
  • Knee Arthroscopy Meniscus repair and advanced meniscus root repair techniques
  • Patella Instability correction procedures – Arthroscopy Medial PatelloFemoral Ligament (MPFL) reconstruction, Trochleoplasty
  • Shoulder Instability correction procedures – Arthroscopic Bankart Repair, Remplissage and Latarjet
  • Shoulder muscle tear management – Arthroscopy Rotator Cuff Repair, Superior Capsular Reconstruction, Subacromial Balloon Interpositional Arthroplasty
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy Superior Labral Tear Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) repair
  • Shoulder Subacromial decompression for Impingement and Calcific Tendintis
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy pan capsular release for Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Arthroscopy Shoulder Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint fixation
  • Hip Arthroscopy Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) correction
  • Hip Arthroscopy Labral repair
  • Ankle Arthroscopy Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (ATFL) repair and reconstruction
  • Ankle Arthroscopy for Arthrodesis (fusion) and Impingement
  • Biological joint restoration procedures – Stem cells, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC), Autologous Conditioned Serum (ACS) and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Joint preservation procedures – Cartilage Fixation, High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO), Mosaicplasty, Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation System (OATS) and Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR) and Unicondylar Knee Replacement (UKR)
  • Hemi (Partial) and Total Hip Replacement (THR)
  • Hemi (Partial), Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Adult sports injuries and Sports Rehabilitation
  • Complex trauma Fixation and management

Experience

  • Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai, Orthopedic Senior Registrar, Jan 2014 to June 2015
  • Ganga Medical Centre & Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore, MGR University Arthroplasty (Joint Replacement) Fellow, July 2015 to July 2016
  • Ortho One Specialty Centre, Coimbatore, ISAKOS recognized Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Fellow, August 2016 to August 2017
  • B.M Orthopedic Hospital, Chennai, Orthopedic Consultant, September 2017 to December 2017
  • Clinical Mompia Hospital, Spain, International Hip Fellow, December 2017 to Feb 2018
  • Parvathy Hospital, Chennai, Consultant Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty, Trauma & Sports Medicine, March 2018 to September 2018
  • St. John of God Subiaco Hospital, Perth, Australia, International Shoulder Fellow, March 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Reviewer - European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology
  • Reviewer - Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
  • Accredited National Arthroscopy faculty for State and Indian Orthopedic Conferences
  • One of the few Shoulder Arthroscopy specialists in Chennai
  • One of the few Hip Arthroscopy specialists available in India
  • Sports & Sports related injury management specialist

Affiliations And Memberships

  • Life member, Indian Orthopaedic association
  • Life member, Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic association
  • Life Member, International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty
  • Life Member, Indian Arthroscopy Society
  • Life Member, Tamil Nadu Arthroscopy Society
  • Life Member, Indian Cartilage Society
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Hip & Knee Surgeons
  • Member, AO trauma

Research & Publication

Publications

  • Valgus Intertrochanteric Osteotomy for femur neck pseudoarthrosis: a simple solution to a complex problem that has stood the test of time. International Orthopedics 2019 June 14, doi: 10.1007/s00264-019-0453-7
  • A Load-sharing nail – cage construct may improve outcome after induced membrane technique for segmental tibial defects. Injury 2019 Nov 22, pii S0020-1383(19)30753-3, doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2019.11.031
  • Histological Evaluation of Articular Cartilage Damage Following Radiofrequency Chondroplasty. European Journal of Medical & Health Sciences 2020 Feb 13, doi:https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2020.2.1.159
  • Surgical Dislocation or the Modified Heuter Anterior Approach for Pipkin 1 and 2 Femoral Head Fracture Dislocations. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2020 Jun 29. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001877
  • Trochanteric Flip (Ganz) Anterior Hip Dislocation for Fixation of Pipkin Fracture – Dislocations. JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques. 2020 Jul 24; 10(3): e19.00040. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.ST.19.00040
  • Volar Hook Plate Stabilization of Volar Fragments in Intra-articular Distal Radius Fractures. Injury 2020 Oct 6; S0020-1383(20)30804-4. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2020.10.004
  • Choice of Surgical Approach Influences the Combined Anteversion needed for a stable and impingement free Total Hip Arthroplasty. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology 2020 Nov 12, doi: 10.1007/s00590-020-02837-6
  • What is the Likelihood of Union after Coronal Limb Realignment using revision osteosynthesis and concurrent TKA in patients with advanced arthritis and loss of fixation after distal metaphyseal femur fractures? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Jan 28, 2021, doi:10.1097/CORR.000000000000165

Faculty lectures

  • Talk on ‘Massive Rotator Cuff Tears-Two in One Technique’ - Ortho One Shoulder Master Class with Dr. Peter Campbell on 7th April 2017, Coimbatore
  • Talk on Knee Portals & Diagnostic knee Arthroscopy with Anatomy. Taught the delegates about knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction on cadaver. MS Ramiah Basic Knee Cadaver Course with Dr. IPS Oberoi, 8th & 9th December 2018, Bangalore
  • Talk on PLC & PCL injuries. Taught the delegates about complex knee arthroscopy procedures on cadaver. Sri Ramachandra Medical College Complex Knee Cadaver Course, 27th Jan 2019
  • Talk on All Inside Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction - 52nd Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association, 8th to 10th Feb 2019
  • Faculty - Chairperson for AC joint injury session in 18th Annual conference of Indian Arthroscopy Society, 27th to 28th September 2019
  • Panelist - Chennai Master’s Meet Knee Arthroscopy, Hyatt Regency, Chennai, 22nd December 2021

Paper Presentations in Zonal conference

  • “Proximal Femoral Nail Antirotation (PFN-A) in stable & unstable Interochanteric fractures:Prospective study of 85 patients” for Prof M.Natarajan medal Trauma, at TNOACON Hotel Park Plaza, 13th to 15th February 2015, Salem
  • “Intra-articular fluid temperature changes with RF ablation in arthroscopic surgeries of the knee” for prize paper presentation at 4th Congress of Indian Cartilage Society (ICS) - Hotel Radisson Blue, 17th & 18th November 2017, Coimbatore
  • “Posteromedial Fragment – The Key Fragment In Complex Tibial Plateau Fractures” at TNOACON-2012, Christian Medical College, 9th to 11th February 2012, Vellore
  • “Restoration and Maintenance Of Volar Tilt In Distal Radius Fractures Using Volar LCP” at OASISCON- 2012, 24th to 26th August 2012, Bengaluru
  • “Piriformis Syndrome – A Rare Cause Of Sciatica” at IOACON-2012, 13th to 15th December 2012, Chennai
  • “Analysis Of Proximal Humerus Fractures Using PHILOS” at TNOACON, Thanjavur Medical College, 8th to 10th February 2013, Thanjavur

Poster Presentations in Zonal conference

  • “Lisfranc Injuries – Uncommon & Uniquely Challenging” at TNOACON, Christian Medical College, 9th to 11th February 2012, Vellore
  • “An Interesting Case Of Cerebral Palsy” at POSICON, 10th to 13th January 2014, Chennai

Presentation in City meetings

  • Best paper Award for “Primary Reconstruction Of Traumatic Humeral Bone Loss” at Government Stanley Medical College by Madras Orthopaedic Society (MOS) Meet, 2nd February 2012, Chennai
  • Best paper Award for “Standing Tall – A Case Of Cerebral Palsy” at Sri Ramachandra Medical College by Madras Orthopaedic Society (MOS) Meet, 6th September 2012, Chennai
  • “Periprosthetic Fractures – Versatility Is the Need Of The Hour” at Bone and Joint Hospital by Madras Orthopaedic Society (MOS), 3rd November 2011, Chennai

Research

  • Submitted a dissertation titled “Analysis Of Proximal Humerus Fractures Treated By Open Reduction Internal Fixation With Proximal Humerus Internal Locking System (PHILOS) Plate” a prospective study accepted by National Board of Examinations, New Delhi as Thesis Project, November 2013
  • Submitted to Journal of Techniques & Shoulder Surgery – “Modified Arthroscopic Margin Convergence for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears with Suture Anchors – Two in One Technique”
  • Correlation between Posterior Tibial Slope and Post-operative Knee Flexion in Posterior Stabilised Total Knee Arthroplasty: CT Based Prospective Study
  • Relationship between Tibial and Femoral component rotation with Functional outcome in Posterior Stabilised Total Knee Arthroplasty – CT Based Prospective Study
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty Complicated by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Three Interesting Cases
  • Articular cartilage damage following Radio Frequency Chondroplasty -Histological Evaluation
  • Intra-Articular Fluid Temperature Changes with & without Radiofrequency Ablation in Arthroscopic Surgeries of Knee.
  • Patellar Chondroplasty – ‘Gutter Technique’ of Microdrilling to overcome practical difficulties

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