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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]
  • For Patients, GPs & Physiotherapies - 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]
  • Excellent clinical results over more than 13 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK
    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza
    Bone & Joint Journal 2013, Vol. 95-B Supp. 25-27

    Complication Rates From Three Commonly Used Reverse Polarity Total Shoulder Replacements: A Minimum Two Year Follow-Up Of 64 Cases
  • Excellent results with the Verso TSA were published in Italy! 
    A group of oorthopaedic surgeons from northern Italy from Piacenza and Verona published their first few years experience with the stemless reverse TSA - The VERSO. 
    They present Excellent clinical and radiologic results that mirror the results of the designing centre!
    (Read more) [Read more]
  • Applications for the Reading shoulder fellowship
    starting in late 2019 and for 2020
    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 Prof. Levy's PA Charlotte Bourne
    [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. 

Complication rates from three commonly used reverse polarity total shoulder replacements: a minimum two year follow-up of 64 cases

Reverse polarity shoulder replacements are indicated in cases of gleno- humeral arthritis with the presence of rotator cuff muscle dysfunction. Despite some studies demonstrating early improvement in function and pain, limited information still exists regarding the durability and longer term outcomes of these prostheses. The reported complication rates have been reported to range from 0–68%.

Post-operative clinical complication rates of three commonly used reverse polarity total shoulder replacements (Delta, Verso and Equinoxe) were evaluated against those mentioned in the literature to predict satisfactory outcome.

A retrospective review of 54 patients (3.5F:1M) and 64 operations (27L:37R) between 2004–2011 was carried out. Post-operative complications were searched for through medical records, the local hospital database (BLuespearIT) and the Picture Archiving and Imaging System (PACS). All operations were performed by two experienced consultant-grade orthopaedic shoulder surgeons.

The mean age at time of operation was 75.9 years (range 64–94). 33 Delta, 19 Equinoxe and 12 Verso prostheses were inserted. Three patients were excluded from the study due to insufficient information from medical records and radiography. Total complications were seen in 25 % of operated cases:- dislocation (6), fracture (4), deep infection (2), significant post-operative pain (1) and deltoid muscle dysfunction (3). Complications categorised according to prosthesis type were:- Delta (24%), Equinoxe (32%) and Verso (8%).

Short to medium term complication rates using reverse polarity total shoulder replacements are higher than the majority of the current literature suggests. The Verso is associated with the least number of complications which may correlate with its minimally invasive approach. 

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