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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)
The Reading Shoulder Unit - Introduction
The Reading Shoulder Unit is an international centre of excellence with both NHS and private wings, based at
the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital and Spire Dunedin Hospital.


The unit was established by two leading orthopaedic surgeons
Stephen Copeland FRCS and Ofer Levy MD MCh(Orth) FRCS.

 (1946 -2015)                    

The Reading shoulder unit team:
Four Consultant Orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeons:
  • Prof. Ofer Levy, MD MCh(Orth) FRCS
  • Mr Giuseppe Sforza, MD 
  • Dr Juan Bruguera, MD PhD 
  • Dr Paolo Consigliere MD 
  • Dr George Arealis MD
Consultant anaesthetists BPA - Berkshire Private Anaesthesia:
  • Dr Atul Kapila MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Jerome Cockings, MBBS, FRCA, FANZCA, FCICM, FFICM
  • Dr Ed Todman, BMedSci, MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Clare Skinner MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Ian Rechner BSc, MBBS, FRCA, FFICM

  • Dr Richard Barnes MB ChB, FRCA, PGCertMedEd
working alongside shoulder surgery fellows:

Dr Panagiotis Anastosopolous (Panos) MD 

An experienced team of physiotherapists, nurses, secretaries,
a Biomechanical engineers, IT and research staff.

The unit is full equipped to treat all kinds of shoulder problems including:
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery
  • Shoulder reconstructive surgery
  • Total Shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis Degenerative Conditions
  • Children's abnormalities

The Unit operates at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital and 
the Spire Dunedin Hospital.

NHS Patients now can be seen on all sites through Choose & Book.

The Reading Shoulder unit is the official shoulder and elbow treatment centre  for GB Rowing Team

The BIH private Unit is located on the ground floor of the Berkshire Independent Hospital, close by a fully equipped physiotherapy department.

The surgeons operate at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, The Berkshire Independent Hospital, and the Spire Dunedin Hospital. They are supported by a dedicated theatre team at all three venues.

The physiotherapists run a shoulder assessment and rehabilitation programme for patients being treated by unit.

There are computerised patient records and an IT network link between the Shoulder Unit, the operating theatres and outpatient clinics in all participating Reading Hospitals.


Research and Development

The unit's work includes basic scientific and clinical studies, as well as the development and introduction of new techniques in both arthroscopic and open surgery.

We have introduced the concept of 'One-stop clinic' for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems by performing Ultrasound scan of the shoulder at the time of first consultation, saving the patient time and discomfort and initiating treatment without delay.

The unit is the world centre for shoulder resurfacing and stemless reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

In fact, the Unit was responsible for developing "The Copeland Shoulder", a cementless resurfacing shoulder replacement technique now used worldwide.

The development of the 'Verso shoulder system', a cementless bone preserving reversed geometry shoulder replacement.

Development of arthroscopic techniques and instruments, and It has also pioneered the use of thermal shrinkage for arthroscopic stabilisation, following extensive research.

There is regular collaborative research between the Reading Shoulder Unit, Reading University, Brunel university, Manchester university and Imperial College, London.

The Unit has produced standardised rehabilitation protocols in conjunction with specialist shoulder physiotherapists at the Reading Hospitals. These protocols are currently being adopted by other hospitals and physiotherapists in the area.

Teaching, Surgical education & Training

The Shoulder Unit is internationally renowned for its training programmes. Since 1982 it has held Shoulder Surgery Courses at Reading University. These courses attract both British and European Shoulder Surgeons. Teaching seminars for general Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Nurses are also held regularly at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Capio Reading Hospital. Corses on shoulder surgery for specialist registrars are regularly held in the unit. Several times a year the Reading shoulder unit hold advanced shoulder surgery courses for arthroscopic surgery and for shoulder arthroplasty. These courses include satelite transmission of live surgery and workshops.


Within the Reading shoulder unit there is fully equipped bioskills laboratory for teaching and practicing open and arthroscopic surgical techniques.


The Shoulder Fellows practise at the Lab      

The shoulder fellows practice at the bio-skills lab which now has a Virtual Reality Haptic Training Simulator for arthroscopic surgery, which has been developed with collaboration of the Unit.