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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]
Copeland Shoulder: Indications for Surface Replacement
Primary and secondary arthritis of the shoulder is the commonest indication. The prosthesis has been used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, cuff arthropathy, instability arthropathy, post trauma arthritis, post infective arthritis, arthritis secondary to glenoid dysplasia and ephiphysial dysplasia. It is not intended for use in fresh fractures.

The results of surface replacement, as in any other shoulder replacement, depends on the indications and diagnosis.   The best results are achieved in osteoarthritis with an intact cuff and the worst results in cuff tear arthropathy and post-traumatic arthritis.  It can be used in moderate to severe degrees of erosion of the humeral head as the humeral head is often bone grafted at the same time as the surface replacement.  Once the humeral head shaper has been used if there is more than 60% apposition between the undersurface of the trial prosthesis and bone then this would be suitable for surface replacement, ie up to 40% of the humeral head may be replaced by bone graft.


Hemi or Total


There is no long term randomised study concerning whether a total or hemi-arthroplasty should be used.  The most recent study by Gartsman (American JBJS) indicates the early results are better using a total shoulder replacement from the point of view of pain relief.  This would appear to be self-evident from first principals and hemi-arthroplasty results at the hip. However, the long-term failure rate of shoulder replacement relates to glenoid loosening failure and wear [5].  Therefore the comparison must always be made between glenoid erosion by a humeral hemi-arthroplasty related to late glenoid loosening because of HDP wear.  Of the 29 revision procedures performed in our unit over the past nine years only three have been conversions of hemiarthroplasties to total shoulder arthroplasties. The trade off must always be comparing minimal decrease in pain relief compared to very probable long-term failure of glenoid and late revision surgery.  This must be taken into account if the prosthesis is used in younger and younger patients.

Early in our unit nearly all joints had a total replacement.  The only occasion a glenoid was not used was in those where no glenoid was possible, i.e. too little bone was present to gain fixation, demonstrated by erosion beyond the base of the corocoid.  Now because of reports of rocking horse glenoid etc, nearly all procedures are hemi-arthroplasties. Only if there is non-concentric erosion is this an indication for a total arthroplasty. However, when a hemi-arthroplasty is done the glenoid is not ignored, it is drilled and either a fascial interposition arthroplasty made or just drilling of the osteochondral hard bone to encourage fibrocartilagenous secondary formation. Our low conversion rate from hemi-arthroplasty to total is possibly due to this and due to the anatomically-sized humeral head. If a normal modular prosthesis is used as a hemi-arthroplasty then the surgeon tends to err on the side of making the head diameter too small therefore the possibility of point glenoid erosion is high.  With the surface replacement system the tendancy is to err towards a larger head size and there may be rim erosion rather than point erosion.