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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)
Medium to Long-Term Outcome of Thoracoscapular Arthrodesis with Screw Fixation for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy

 Background: Shoulder girdle muscle weakness is the most constant feature of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

and leads to scapular winging. Mechanical fixation of the scapula to the thoracic wall provides a stable fulcrum on

which the deltoid muscle can exert its action on the humerus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the medium to longterm

outcome of thoracoscapular arthrodesis with screw fixation (the modified Howard-Copeland technique).

 Methods: All patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy who underwent thoracoscapular arthrodesis with screw fixation

and bone-grafting from July 1997 to July 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative and postoperative clinical

assessment included active shoulder elevation, the Constant score, a patient satisfaction score, and cosmetic satisfaction.

Union was determined both clinically and radiographically.

 Results: Thoracoscapular arthrodesis was performed in thirty-five shoulders in twenty-four patients; eleven patients

underwent bilateral procedures. The principal study group consisted of thirty-two shoulders in twenty-one patients with a

minimum follow-up of twenty-four months (mean, eighty-eight months; range, twenty-four to 174 months). The mean

Constant score increased from 30 (range, 17 to 41) preoperatively to 61 (range, 30 to 90) postoperatively. The mean

satisfaction score increased from 1 (range, 0 to 4) to 8.4 (range, 4 to 10). Early complications consisted of one

pneumothorax, one superficial wound infection, and four early failures, two of which were associated with noncompliance

with the postoperative regimen. Late complications consisted of one posttraumatic fracture resulting in

loosening and one painful nonunion; both were treated successfully with revision.

 Conclusions: Thoracoscapular arthrodesis with screw fixation prevented scapular winging and improved short-term and

long-term shoulder function in patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.

 Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

(J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013;95:1404-8.