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  • Applications for the shoulder fellowship starting in 2017 is now open.
    Please apply by visiting the Unit and sending your CV to Jan Barker
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Jan Barker [Read more]
  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in July 2017
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • Coming up courses:
    we invite you to join us:
    • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional course,  22-23 February 2018. Poznan, Poland.
    With UK and International faculty

    Limited places - Register early
    • GP Teaching event 21 March 2018 - Royal Berkshire Hospital
    The next GP teaching event will take place on 21 March 2018 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Trust Education Centre at 18:30 (Food will be provided)
    18:30 - 19:00 - arrival and registration 
    19:00 - 20:30 Teaching:
    • Algorithm for assesment and treatment of the painful shoulder
    • Examination of the shoulder
    • Advances in shoulder surgery

    I will encourage you to register early as places are limited. 

    For registration please e-mail or call on 01189028116.


  • New, New, New: Innovative Design Orthopaedics -
    IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge. [Read more]
  • Verso Stemless TSA with a new company Innovative Design Orthopaedics (IDO)
  • Shoulder study day for Physiotherapists
    Will be available soon.
    Please register your interest by e-mail to: [Read more]
  • For GPs - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • Groundbreaking research from the Reading Shoulder Unit by Prof. Ofer Levy and his team regarding Propionibacterium Acnes and shoulder arthritis. 
    Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?

    This is a very important article in that it suggests the presence of propionibacterium in previously unoperated shoulders with arthritis and furthermore that 'aseptic' failures of shoulder arthroplasty may, in fact, be related to indolent infections with this slow growing organism.
    Read comments by Dr Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.
    [Read more]
  • New Survey on usage of shoulder replacement prostheses.
    Take the survey [Read more]
  • Listen to the BBC Radio4 programme - a day in the operating theatre at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital - Case Notes with Dr Mark Porter on Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK

    Bone Joint J 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 27 25

    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza 
  • Art at the Reading Shoulder and Elbow Centre
    Original fine art prints all dealing with human body in different situations by four artists are exhibited in the Reading Shoulder and Elbow centre 

    The prints on display are available to buy, with the artist contributing a donation to research. For more information please contact the secretaries in the unit.

    [Read more]
  • The Verso stemless rTSA is approved in Australia & New Zealand by the TGA.
    Its use is launched soon in Australia & New Zealand. 

  • Excellent clinical results over more than 11 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • Cadaveric Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional Course 22-23 February 2018 - Poznan, Poland

    Enquiries: Sean Bate +44 7469 191672
RSU Papers

Reading Shoulder Unit Papers

Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?
Ofer Levy, MD, MCh (Orth), FRCS,*, Shabnam Iyer, MBBS, MD, DTM&H, FRCPath, Ehud Atoun, MD, MCh (Orth), Noel Peter, MRCS, Nir Hous, MD, Dave Cash, BSc (Hons), Fawaz Musa, MBChB, FRCPath, A. Ali Narvani, FRCS (Orth & Trauma)
J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2013) 22, 505-511
Arthroscopically assisted internal fixation of the symptomatic unstable os acromiale with absorbable screws
Ehud Atoun, MD, Alexander van Tongel, MD, Ali Narvani, FRCS (Orth & Tr), Ehud Rath, MD, Giuseppe Sforza, MD, Ofer Levy, MD, MCh(Orth), FRCS*
J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2012) 21, 1740-1745
Breast lump as an unusualmanifestation of massive rotator cuff tear
Alexander Van Tongel, Ruzi Begum, Ehud Atoun & Ofer Levy
Shoulder & Elbow 2013. ISSN 1758-5732
Medium to Long-Term Outcome of Thoracoscapular Arthrodesis with Screw Fixation for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
Alexander Van Tongel, MD, Ehud Atoun, MD, Ali Narvani, FRCS, Giuseppe Sforza, MD, Stephen Copeland, FRCS, and Ofer Levy, MD, MCh(Orth), FRCS
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013;95:1404-8.
Reverse shoulder arthroplasty with a short metaphyseal humeral stem
Ehud Atoun, Alexander Van Tongel, Nir Hous, Ali Narvani, Jai Relwani, Ruben Abraham, Ofer Levy
International Orthopaedics (SICOT) DOI 10.1007/s00264-014-2328-8 Published online: 6 April 2014
Primary stability in reversed-anatomy glenoid components
A R Hopkins and U N Hansen*
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine 2009 223: 805 DOI: 10.1243/09544119JEIM557
Complication rates from three commonly used reverse polarity total shoulder replacements: a minimum two year follow-up of 64 cases
S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza
Bone Joint J 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 27 25
Preliminary Results of a Consecutive Series of Large & Massive Rotator Cuff Tears Treated with Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs Augmented with Extracellular Matrix
Paolo Consigliere, MD; Ioannis Polyzois, MD; Tanaya Sarkhel, MD; Rohit Gupta, MD; Ofer Levy, MD; A.Ali Narvani, MD
Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2017; 5(1): 14-21.
Hip Arthroscopy: An Emerging Technique and Indications
Ehud Rath MD, Oren Tsvieli MD and Ofer Levy MD MCh(Orth)
Israeli Medical Association Journal IMAJ 2012; 14: 170–174
Surface replacement arthroplasty for glenohumeral arthropathy in patients aged younger than fifty years: results after a minimum ten-year follow-up
Ofer Levy, MD, MCh(Orth), FRCS*, Oren Tsvieli, MD, Julia Merchant, MRCS, Lora Young, FRCS (Tr&Orth), Alberto Trimarchi, MD, Rupen Dattani, MD, FRCS (Tr&Orth), Ruben Abraham, FRCA, Stephen A. Copeland, FRCS, Ali Narvani, FRCS (Tr&Orth), Ehud Atoun, MD
J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2014), 1-12 (Online ahead of print)