Mr Ulfin Rethnam

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon

Year of first medical qualification: 1996

Professional profile

With close to 20 years in Orthopaedics, I come with a vast experience in Orthopaedic and trauma surgery. 

Currently I work as an Orthopaedic Consultant at the Royal Gwent, St Woolos and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospitals and specialise in primary, complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery as well as trauma surgery.

I completed my medical degree and Orthopaedic training at St John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, one of the premier medical institutes in India. After working as an Orthopaedic consultant in India, I moved to the UK where I completed Orthopaedic training in the All Wales Higher Surgical Training Programme having gained experience from most of the Orthopaedic units in Wales.

Following training in the UK, I completed a Lower Limb Arthroplasty fellowship at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Australia where I gained experience in complex primary replacement surgeries, Computer Assisted Knee Replacements and revision hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Having been involved in over 5000 Orthopaedic surgeries and over 1000 primary and revision joint replacement surgeries, I come with vast surgical experience.

On the academic front, I am well published with 24 indexed publications and over 90 presentations in international (SICOT, EFORT, Mid America Orthoapaedic Association, South African Orthopaedic Association to name a few) and national meetings (British Orthopaedic Association, British Trauma Society to name a few).

British Orthopaedic Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 
General Medial Council

Compassionate and patient centred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, Royal Gwent Hospital

Primary Hip and Knee replacement surgery
Complex primary Hip and Knee replacement surgery
Revision Hip and Knee replacement surgery
Knee arthroscopy

As research fellow set up multicentre trials, completed lab based projects and introduced practice changing guidelines.

Assessing the impact of fracture pattern on transfusion requirements in hip fractures.
Morris R, Rethnam U, Russ B, Topliss C.
Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2017 Jun;43(3):337-342. doi: 10.1007/s00068-016-0655-8. Epub 2016 Mar 14.

Cleland's ligaments and Dupuytren's disease.
Shewring DJ, Rethnam U.
J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2014 Jun;39(5):477-81. doi: 10.1177/1753193413510440. Epub 2013 Nov 4

Are old running shoes detrimental to your feet? A pedobarographic study.
Rethnam U, Makwana N.
BMC Res Notes. 2011 Aug 24;4:307. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-307.

Bilateral spontaneous non-traumatic rupture of the Achilles tendon: a case report.
Khanzada Z, Rethnam U, Widdowson D, Mirza A.
J Med Case Rep. 2011 Jun 30;5:263. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-263.

Biomechanical characteristics of three staples commonly used in foot surgery.
Rethnam U, Kuiper J, Makwana N.
J Foot Ankle Res. 2009 Feb 25;2:5. doi: 10.1186/1757-1146-2-5.

Impact of associated injuries in the floating knee: a retrospective study.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Nair R.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Jan 14;10:7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-10-7.

Hip fracture fixation in a patient with below-knee amputation presents a surgical dilemma: a case report.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Shoaib A, Ratnam TK.
J Med Case Rep. 2008 Sep 9;2:296. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-296.

Skateboards: are they really perilous? a retrospective study from a district hospital.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Sinha A.
BMC Res Notes. 2008 Jul 31;1:59. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-1-59.

Does applying the Canadian Cervical Spine rule reduce cervical spine radiography rates in alert patients with blunt trauma to the neck? A retrospective analysis.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan R, Gandham G.
BMC Med Imaging. 2008 Jun 16;8:12. doi: 10.1186/1471-2342-8-12.

A comparison of radiation exposure with the conventional versus mini C arm in orthopedic extremity surgery.
Shoaib A, Rethnam U, Bansal R, De A, Makwana N.
Foot Ankle Int. 2008 Jan;29(1):58-61. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2008.0058.

Complex proximal femoral fractures in the elderly managed by reconstruction nailing - complications & outcomes: a retrospective analysis.
Rethnam U, Cordell-Smith J, Kumar TM, Sinha A.
J Trauma Manag Outcomes. 2007 Dec 10;1(1):7. doi: 10.1186/1752-2897-1-7.

The floating knee: epidemiology, prognostic indicators & outcome following surgical management.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Nair R.
J Trauma Manag Outcomes. 2007 Nov 26;1(1):2. doi: 10.1186/1752-2897-1-2.

Specialisation of spinal services: consequences for cervical trauma management in the district hospital.
Rethnam U, Cordell-Smith J, Sinha A.
J Trauma Manag Outcomes. 2007 Nov 30;1(1):6. doi: 10.1186/1752-2897-1-6.

The Swimmer's view: does it really show what it is supposed to show? A retrospective study.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Bastawrous SS.
BMC Med Imaging. 2008 Jan 15;8:2. doi: 10.1186/1471-2342-8-2.

Anaphylactic reaction associated with Ranitidine in a patient with acute pancreatitis: a case report.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS.
J Med Case Rep. 2007 Aug 31;1:75.

Isolated radial head dislocation, a rare and easily missed injury in the presence of major distracting injuries: a case report.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Bastawrous SS.
J Med Case Rep. 2007 Jun 29;1:38.

Non union of scaphoid fracture in a cricketer - possibility of a stress fracture: a case report.
Rethnam U, Yesupalan RS, Kumar TM.
J Med Case Rep. 2007 Jun 29;1:37.

The effects of mass immunization on Haemophilus influenzae type B-related orthopaedic disease.
Shoaib A, Rethnam U, Bansal R, Clay N.
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2007 May;16(3):236-8.

Bone scintigraphy--a wasteful resource in fractures of the neck of the femur.
Rethnam U, Sheeja YR.
Int Orthop. 2007 Feb;31(1):135. Epub 2006 Aug 15.

Single incision nailing of the floating knee--do we ignore the knee ligaments?
Rethnam U.
Int Orthop. 2006 Aug;30(4):311. Epub 2006 Apr 11.

Floating knee injuries: more than what meets the eye.
Rethnam U.
Int Orthop. 2006 Aug;30(4):309; author reply 310. Epub 2006 Apr 4.

Post seizure anterior dislocation of shoulder--beware of recurrence.
Rethnam U, Ulfin S, Sinha A.
Seizure. 2006 Jul;15(5):348-9. Epub 2006 Mar 13.

Letter to the editor.
Rethnam U, Clay NR.
J Hand Surg Br. 2005 Dec;30(6):663; author reply 663. Epub 2005 Oct 11.

A novel solution for notorious long leg cylinder cast [Injury, Int. J. Care Injured 2004;35(4):432-4].
Shetty S, Rethnam U.
Injury. 2005 Jan;36(1):231.

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