Jean-Andre Venel

Jean-Andre Venel established the first orthopedic institute in 1780, which was the first hospital dedicated to the treatment of children's skeletal deformities. He is considered by some to be the father of orthopedics or the first true orthopedist in consideration of the establishment of his hospital and for his published methods.


Head of the Department

Dr.N.Manikandan MS

Welcome, I have immense satisfaction at leading the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the TVMCH which was established in 1965. The department has now grwon to be the biggest Trauma care unit in South Tamilnadu, with a rapid responder team that reacts to every emergency arising along the North South Corridor. We have a excellent surgical team that has done remarkable work in replacement, rehabilitation and Spinal Surgeries.


Hospital Services

Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, which is one of the premier and major referral center in South Tamilnadu. Large numbers of bone cancer and trauma patients are referred to the Hospital. The hospital is located on the North South Corridor and hence takes in most of the major outfalls of accidents and trauma. We are now developing a dedicated trauma unit, to respond rapidly in a emergency situation. The department has a separate Trauma Unit for holistic trauma care. On a sleepy day, there are about 10 emergencies. most of these patients need closed reduction / minor or major emergency surgeries which are done through the day in zero delay. There is a well equipped emergency operating theatre serving round the clock. The ITCU offers round the clock intensive care to poly-trauma patients. We have three separate wards of 30 beds each and a paediatric ward with 10 beds in addition to separate post operative wards and spinal care beds. Services Offered

  • 24 hrs. Fracture Services
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Reconstructive Orthopaedics (Ilizarov)
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Limb reconstruction / stabilization
  • Deformity correction
  • Cervical, Dorsal and Lumbar Spinal Stabilization
  • Intervertebral disc surgery
  • Hip Replacements
  • Arthroscopic Surgeries
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement


Academic Program—Graduate
Our graduate academic program (based on regulations of the TN Dr MGR Medical University) ensure that the graduate at the end of the training will have sufficient knowledge on the aetiology, pathophysiology, principles of diagnosis and management of common orthopaedic problems including emergencies. The student shall have to undertake skills training to

  • Obtain a proper relevant history, and perform a humane and thorough clinical examination in adults and children including neonates.
  • Arrive at a logical working diagnosis after examination.
  • Plan and institute a line of treatment which is need based, cost effective and appropriate for common ailments.
  • Recognize situations which call for urgent or early treatment at secondary and tertiary centres and make a prompt referral of such patients after giving first aid or emergency treatment.
  • Be able to do surface marking of common superficial arteries, veins, nerves and viscera.
  • Interpret skiagrams of common fractures and dislocations.
  • Apply skin traction.
  • Apply figure of 8 bandage for fracture clavicle.
  • Apply POP slabs / casts and splints
  • Transport safely victims of accidents including those with spinal injury
  • Reduce Colle’s fracture
  • Reduce shoulder dislocation
  • Reduce tempero-mandibular joint dislocation
  • Perform nerve blocks like infiltration, digital, pudendal, paracervical and field block.

Academic Program—PG Residency
The Resident at the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology are a enthusiastic lot with an exacting daily schedule of OPD, Inpatient care, Emergency management and Operation room job. At the end of a three year stint at our department our resident fellow will be skilled in

Patient care ability: A proper clinical acumen to interpret diagnostic results and correlate them with symptoms. They would be able to diagnose common clinical conditions/diseases in the speciality and to manage them effectively with success and to take such accurate decision in the patient’s best interests. They would be able to decide a referral consultation with a more experienced colleague/ professional while dealing with a difficult problem.

Teaching ability: Ability to teach medical graduates, paramedical students and nursing students about commonly encountered conditions in orthopaedics, pertaining to their diagnostic features, basic patho-physiological aspects and the general and basic management strategies.

Research Ability: Basic know how of research methodology, including record-keeping methods, and be able to conduct a research inquiry including making an analysis and writing a report on its findings.

Team work: Capability to work as a team member. They would develop general humane approach to patient care with communicating ability with the patients‘ relatives, especially in emergency situations such as in casualty department, while dealing with cancer patients and victims of accidents.

Academic Activities: They would acquire knowledge from the books and resources as a basic for application of the clinical practice. and during the course of his academic preparation will acquire sufficient Cognitive knowledge on : embryology, applied anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical features, diagnostic procedures and the therapeutics including preventive methods (medical/surgical) pertaining to musculoskeletal system. Clinical decision making ability & management expertise: to diagnose conditions from history taking, clinical evaluation and investigations and to develop expertise to manage medically as well as surgically the commonly encountered disorders and diseases in different areas. Preventive expertise: about prevention of common conditions especially in children such as poliomyelitis, congenital deformities, cerebral palsy and common orthopaedic malignancies.

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OPD Strength619535793463295646626533366681
Indoor Admissions231424482329253125382591
Operations – Major111610121059121911901226
Operations – Minor251168124213149133