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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:

    1. Reading Shoulder Arthroplasty Instructional course,  30 September 2016
      With UK and International faculty

      Limited places - Register early
    [Read more]
  • 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: course@readingshoulderunit.com [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

    COMPLICATION RATES FROM THREE
    COMMONLY USED REVERSE POLARITY TOTAL
    SHOULDER REPLACEMENTS: A MINIMUM TWOYEAR
    FOLLOW-UP OF 64 CASES
    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]
Insightmist Virtual Reality Arthroscopy Simulator

Virtual Reality Arthroscopic Simulator –

 

The Future of Arthroscopic Training

 

Modern minimally invasive surgery with arthroscopic surgical techniques demand high level of skills especially with regard to triangulation in space as well as working within a particular joint while observing the images (often in different orientation) on a separate screen. The learning curve to obtain these skills is very long and steep. It may take several years of training to learn and accomplish proficiency in these techniques.

Current teaching techniques involve traditional apprenticeship with many hours/years of assisting senior surgeons, learning on plastic models (rarely mimicking the 'real' life), participating in courses with workshops practising on human cadavers and eventually 'learning' on real patients.

There are obviously difficulties with these methods of teaching and training as resources are limited.

Utilising the Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities with tactile feedback within an arthroscopic simulator may overcome these difficulties and improve the ability to teach and train surgeons in performing these complex arthroscopic procedures without risking any live patients.

The VR arthroscopic simulator provides an unlimited resource for training, readily available to all. Surgeons can practice on these simulators for unlimited times until they achieve good enough skills to enable them to perform these procedures safely on patients.

Trainees' arthroscopic skills improvement can be measured by setting a series of increasingly complex exercises that the trainees should perform. The simulator programme will grant them points for quality of performance as well as for speed, avoiding unnecessary movements etc.  Trainers can assess quantitatively the skills achieved by the trainees and certify them to perform these procedures using objective criteria.

Virtual Reality (VR) arthroscopic simulator with tactile feedback provides an excellent teaching tool and quantitative skill assessment tool.  No doubt that the future of arthroscopic training will rely on such simulators.

The Reading shoulder unit Consultant surgeons are on advisory and development board of the simulator.
Reading shoulder unit uses the Virtual Reality (VR) arthroscopic simulator in the bioskills lab for training of the trainees, fellows and visiting surgeons.

Arthroscopy Simulator Demo

Arthroscopy Simulator presentation

 

by Insightmist GMV
Insightmist Virtual Reality Arthroscopy Simulator

Virtual Reality Arthroscopic Simulator –

 

The Future of Arthroscopic Training

 

Modern minimally invasive surgery with arthroscopic surgical techniques demand high level of skills especially with regard to triangulation in space as well as working within a particular joint while observing the images (often in different orientation) on a separate screen. The learning curve to obtain these skills is very long and steep. It may take several years of training to learn and accomplish proficiency in these techniques.

Current teaching techniques involve traditional apprenticeship with many hours/years of assisting senior surgeons, learning on plastic models (rarely mimicking the 'real' life), participating in courses with workshops practising on human cadavers and eventually 'learning' on real patients.

There are obviously difficulties with these methods of teaching and training as resources are limited.

Utilising the Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities with tactile feedback within an arthroscopic simulator may overcome these difficulties and improve the ability to teach and train surgeons in performing these complex arthroscopic procedures without risking any live patients.

The VR arthroscopic simulator provides an unlimited resource for training, readily available to all. Surgeons can practice on these simulators for unlimited times until they achieve good enough skills to enable them to perform these procedures safely on patients.

Trainees' arthroscopic skills improvement can be measured by setting a series of increasingly complex exercises that the trainees should perform. The simulator programme will grant them points for quality of performance as well as for speed, avoiding unnecessary movements etc.  Trainers can assess quantitatively the skills achieved by the trainees and certify them to perform these procedures using objective criteria.

Virtual Reality (VR) arthroscopic simulator with tactile feedback provides an excellent teaching tool and quantitative skill assessment tool.  No doubt that the future of arthroscopic training will rely on such simulators.

The Reading shoulder unit Consultant surgeons are on advisory and development board of the simulator.
Reading shoulder unit uses the Virtual Reality (VR) arthroscopic simulator in the bioskills lab for training of the trainees, fellows and visiting surgeons.

Arthroscopy Simulator Demo

Arthroscopy Simulator presentation

 

by Insightmist GMV