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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 idorth.com - 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. 

Guidelines for patients following shoulder arthroscopy

Introduction

This is a keyhole operation performed under a general anaesthetic, sometimes combined with nerve block, which allows the surgeon to investigate the shoulder joint from inside.
 

General guidelines


Pain:
Following the procedure the shoulder may be sore for a few days. You will be given painkillers to help this whilst in hospital and should continue to take these at home if necessary.

Wearing a Sling:
You will return from theatre with your arm in a sling. The arm should be rested in the sling only until the soreness has settled. This should be a day at the most. It is important that you begin to move the shoulder and arm immediately after the procedure.

The Wound:
There will be two or three small 5-mm puncture wounds in your shoulder. There will be no stitches, only small sticking plaster strips over the wounds. These should be kept dry until healed. This usually takes four to seven days.

Driving:
You may drive as soon as you feel able and can manage all the controls safely.

Returning to work:
You may return to work as soon as you feel able.

Leisure activities:
These can be resumed as soon as you feel able. There are no restrictions but use soreness as your guide and stop if the shoulder feels uncomfortable.

Exercises:
After leaving hospital you should exercise your arm frequently throughout the day. The arm may feel sore whilst you are doing the exercises but there should be no intense or lasting pain. Aim for four exercise sessions per day.


Exercises for Patients following shoulder arthroscopy


1) Stand. Lean forwards. Let your arm hang down. Swing your arm forwards and backwards. Repeat 10 times. (Shown for the right shoulder).
4) Take your affected arm across your body to rest the hand on the opposite shoulder. Grasp the elbow with your good hand and gently stretch the arm across your body. Repeat 5 times.

5) Standing with your elbow bent. Keep your elbow into your side. Grasp cliniband and pull across your body. Repeat 10 times

6) Standing with your elbow bent. Keep your elbow to your side. Grasp cliniband and pull outwards away from your body. Repeat 10 times.