Dr. Amir Kalanie

MB ChB, FRACS(Orth), FAOrthA
Conjoint Senior Lecturer UNSW
Adjunct Senior Lecturer University of Notre Dame

Amir Kalanie

Dr Amir Kalanie is a Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with further sub-specialist training in Hip and Knee Replacement and Arthroscopic Surgery.

He migrated to New Zealand at age 11 and completed his medical education through Otago University, New Zealand. He commenced his Orthopaedic surgical training in 2009 and obtained his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2012.

In 2013 he undertook post-fellowship training in computer assisted Hip and Knee replacement and revision (re-do of failed prosthetic hip and knee joints) surgery with A/Prof Michael Neil at St Vincent’s Bone and Joint Clinic, Sydney. This is a unique environment where due to A/Prof Neil’s extensive expertise, Dr Kalanie was exposed to and involved in treating hundreds of complex arthroplasty cases often referred to this clinic from all around the country.

In 2014 Dr Kalanie was appointed staff specialist Orthopaedic surgeon at Grafton Base Hospital in far north NSW, where he treated large numbers of trauma cases as well as elective joint replacement patients. He successfully introduced computer assisted hip and knee replacement surgery, partial knee replacement surgery and shoulder replacement surgery to the Northern Rivers health region.

In 2016 he pursued further post-fellowship training in the field of minimally invasive direct anterior approach hip replacement surgery (DAA) and hip arthroscopy for six months under the supervision of internationally renowned surgeon, Dr John O’Donnell, at Hip Arthroscopy Australia (HAA). Dr O’Donnell is one of the pioneers of these procedures in Australia, with the highest volume of hip arthroscopy in the southern hemisphere. As a result of his time at HAA, Dr Kalanie is in a unique position to be to be able to offer these techniques for patients referred to St Vincent’s Bone & Joint.

Dr Kalanie is able to accept urgent referrals and offers the following surgical procedures:

  1. Computer assisted anterior minimally invasive hip surgery
  2. Revision hip and knee surgery
  3. Minimally invasive computer assisted full and half knee replacements
  4. Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
  5. Arthroscopic treatment of abductor/gluteal tendinitis/bursitis/tears
  6. Arthroscopic acetabular labral repairs and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and hip instability
  7. Myriad of soft tissue/sport injuries around the hip including adductor tendinitis, osteitis pubis, rectus abdominus tendinitis

Current Projects

  • Hip arthroscopy results in improved patient reported outcomes compared to non-operative management of waitlisted patients
    published in journal of hip preservation surgery 2017.
  • Leg length discrepency following total hip replacement: Causes, investigations and treatments. A.Kawalkar,A. Kalanie and M. J. Neil.
  • Deep venous thrombosis following elective primary total knee replacement: The influence of minimal tourniquet in surgery. A. Omari, P. Panti, D. Rubio and M. J. Neil.
  • Image pasted 3-foot X-rays - usefulness in pre-operative planning and leg length discrepancy. J Atupan, P. Panti, A. Kalanie and M. J. Neil.
  • The Paragon cementless total hip replacement: Our first 300 cases. A.Kawalkar,A Kalanie and M. J. Neil.
  • Extension gap disease of the medial compartment: An unrecognised clinical entity. A.Kalanie and M. J. Neil.
  • Sequential single stage revision total knee replacement for infection: initial results same as gold standard. P. Panti,A.Kalanie and M. J. Neil.
  • Encouraging early results of custom triflange acetabular cups (PMI) for revision THR with massive bone loss. A.Kawalkar, A.Kalanie, M.J.Neil.