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  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in August-September 2019 and begining of 2020
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for Two years. please send CV to Prof. Levy's PA Charlotte Bourne and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge.

    Available to buy online in - Innovative Design Orthopaedics - [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]
  • 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]
  • 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.
    and it was launched and in increase use in Australia. 

  • Due to the current state of lockdown due the Coronavirus outbreak, We offer Virtual Video consultations for post-operative patients and follow-up and offer Virtual Video consultations for advice for new patients.

    If interested please call:
    Prof. Ofer Levy - Secretary - Cherie 07800875033
    Mr. Giuseppe Sforza - Secretary - Tania 07488384479
    NHS - Secretary - Gail 0118 902 8109
      [Read more]
  • Further scientific support from Robert Hudek et al. paper to Prof. Levy’s theory on the role of C Acnes in the aetiology of Osteoarthritis (Read More)
Copeland Shoulder: Advantages of Surface Replacement
  1. Anatomical siting of head to allow for infinite variation of version, offset and angulation.
  2. No intra-medullary reaming is required.  Therefore this is a less traumatic procedure in an elderly patient.  No risk of fat embolus or hypotension and no cement required.  There is no problem if the intra-medullary canal has already been previously violated with cement or stem from an elbow replacement from below.
  3. If there is malunion at the proximal end of the humeral with secondary osteoarthritis, the malunion can be left undisturbed and just the humeral articular surface replaced.
  4. If there is no stem extending down the humeral shaft and no stress riser effect and therefore no possibility of a low fracture at the tip of the prosthesis.

If the shoulder were to fail for any reason whatsoever, then no bone has been lost from the humeral head so all bone is preserved and saved for bone grafting (often the head is better following surface replacement than previously).  Therefore any revision surgery can be done, ie this can be changed for a stemmed type of prosthesis or an arthrodesis may be achieved easily as there is no lack of bone stock. There is no cement down the humeral shaft, none has to be removed and therefore this is an easy revision procedure.