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Professor Venu Kavarthapu is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital, with special interest in Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgery. He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery from South East Thames Orthopaedic Rotation. Further fellowship training was obtained in specialized MIS (minimally invasive) and computer navigation hip surgery under the tuition of Dr Lawrence Dorr at the Arthritis Institute, Los Angeles, USA; orthopaedic fellowship training under the tuition of Dr Joel Matta at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, USA; hip surgery fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London; and foot and ankle fellowship training at Royal Surrey County and Frimley Park Hospitals, Surrey.
Prof Kavarthapu runs a regional young adult hip surgery service, including hip arthroscopy and minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. He also heads a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary complex foot surgery service that undertakes corrective surgery required for foot deformities caused by diabetes. He believes in personalised care and works closely with an experienced team of Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Diabetologists, Anaesthetists and Nurses, in order to provide the best possible treatment and to ensure the minimal recovery time for all his patients.
Prof Kavarthapu lectures nationally and internationally in conferences particularly on diabetic foot surgery, trauma, hip arthroscopy, and primary and revision hip arthroplasty. He is actively involved in research and published several scientific articles in Trauma and Orthopaedics.
Prof Kavarthapu’s other responsibilities include Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and Orthopaedic Training Programme Director for SE London and Associate Professor at Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark. He is also the past President of Indian Orthopaedic Society UK and the current chairman of British Indian Clinical and Academic Partnership.
Areas of interest
Hip Arthroscopy; Hip Impingement Surgery; Total Hip Replacement; Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement; Revision Hip Replacement; Knee Arthroscopy; Total Knee Replacement; Bunion Surgery; Toe corrective surgery; Fusion of first metatarso-phalangeal joint; First metatarso-phalangeal joint Cheilectomy; Tendo achilles lengthening ; Peroneal sling/groove reconstruction; Repair of Achilles tendon tear
Midfoot joints fusion; Triple fusion of joints of hindfoot; Ankle arthroscopy; Ankle ligament repair; Ankle arthrodesis; Foot and ankle trauma; Hip trauma; Sports injuries to leg
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RT, Tel: 02032999000,
Honorary Senior Lecturer
King’s College London
Programme Director Orthopaedics South-East London
Minimally Invasive Surgery, Young Adult Hip Surgery, Diabetic Foot Surgery, Simulation Training. Innovation in Orthopaedics
National Award for Developing Diabetic Foot Service at King's College Hospital
Clinical Excellent Awards
Hip arthroscopy versus best conservative care for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (UK FASHIoN): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Part of UK FASHIoN Study Group. Lancet 2018; 391: 2225–35.
Transmalleolar Approach for Arthroscopy-Assisted Headless Screw Fixation of an Osteochondral Talar Dome Fracture. The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 57 (2018) 622-626.
The Diabetic Foot Attack: “’Tis Too Late to Retreat!”. The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds. February 2018
Diabetic Neuropathic Arthropathy of the Knee: Two Case Reports and a Review of the Literature. ase Reports in Orthopedics Volume 2018, Article ID 9301496
The impact of body weight on rivaroxaban pharmacokinetics. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2017;1:180–187
Correction of ankle and hind foot deformity in Charcot neuroarthropathy using a retrograde hind foot nail—The Kings’ Experience. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2017.
Computer Navigation of the Acetabular Component in Total Hip Arthroplasty: a Narrative Review. EFFORT Open Review. 2016
Modern Orthopedic Inpatient Care of the Orthopedic Patient With Diabetic Foot Disease- International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds. 2015
Examination of the Adult Spine- British Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2015
The medial column Synthes Midfoot Fusion Bolt is associated with unacceptable rates of failure in corrective fusion for Charcot deformity - Results from a consecutive case series- BJJ 2015
Undiagnosed Severe Sleep apnoea and Diabetic Foot Ulceration - A case series based Hypothesis: A hitherto under emphasized factor in failure to heal- Diabetic Foot Medicine 2015
Spine Examination: British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2015
The Diabetic Orthoplastics Team: Changing the paradigm in managing complex diabetic foot in United Kingdom- submitted to The Int Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds 2015
Outcome of one-stage correction of deformities of the ankle and hindfoot and fusion in Charcot neuroarthropathy using a retrograde intramedullary hindfoot arthrodesis nail. Bone Joint J 2015
Transformation of the Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic Into a Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Day Unit: Results From a Service Evaluation. The Int Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, 2014
Reproducibility and accuracy of templating uncemented THA with digital radiographic and digital TraumaCad templating software. Orthopedics. 2009
Courses offered to GPs
Mr Kavarthapu is a faculty for several national and international meetings and courses. He also participates in free seminars for GPs and physiotherapists arranged at local institutes regularly.
- FRCS (Tr&Orth) Intercollegiate Board 2004
- Hip Fellowship Guy's Hospital 2003
- Minimally Invasive Hip Fellowship Dr Lawrence Dorr, Los Angeles 2004
- Hip Fellowship Dr Joel Matta, Los Angeles 2004
- Foot and Ankle Fellowship Royal Surrey County Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital 2006
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Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Training Programme Director Orthopaedics South East London Deanery (Shared Services) 2012
- President Indian Orthopaedic Society UK 2013
- Honorary Senior Lecturer King's College London 2008
- Chairman British Indian Clinical and Academic Partnership 2016
- Associate Professor Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark 2018
Details of entry to specialist register
- Venu Kavarthapu, 2006
Affiliations / memberships
British Orthopaedic Association
British Hip Society
British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons
Indian Orthopaedic Association
Indian Arthroplasty Association
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