Shirley G's Story
This section has been added to enable us to provide patients with a more complete overview of the surgical and rehabilitation experience. It comprises letters from patients regarding their overall surgical experience, and supplements the information provided by the medical team...a bit like talking to someone who has undergone a similar treatment to one that you may have been recommended. We hope the patients' viewpoint is useful to you and would appreciate any similar feedback, which may be put onto the website for the purpose of patient- assisted consent.
Copeland Surface Replacement Arthroplasty
What caused my shoulder to deteriorate is something which, despite interrogation by various specialists of which the CID would have been proud...
VERSO Reverse Shoulder Replacement
My right shoulder, which is my dominant arm, had troubled me for many years. I am now 74 year old and had visited my doctor on many occasions...
Frozen Shoulder Manipulation
I first noticed a problem with my left shoulder during a house move in June 2007. There was also a shooting pain when I made certain...
Acute Calcific Tendinitis
I had been experiencing discomfort in my right upper arm for several months, especially if I lifted my arm above my head...
Rotator Cuff Repair
We both underwent arthroscopic day surgery in Reading for a rotator cuff shoulder repair having previously worked together...
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression
Having just completed a course of treatment at the Reading Unit, I feel that it would be helpful for others if I were to explain...
Verso TSA for cuff arthropathy
Verso - Reversed Total Shoulder Replacement for Arthritis with Severe Rotator Cuff Tear
My name is Michael Heffernan and, at the time, I was 41 years old with a wife who has Multiple Sclerosis and a baby daughter...
Verso TSA in Patient with Arthritis and Massive Rotator Cuff Tear with Progressive MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
When I was first diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) it was a relief to have a name to put to all the strange...
It is now just over three years since you operated on Michael, my Husband.
I bless the day that we were given your name by a friend.
As you know Michael had already had two operations by a top trauma shoulder man in London who felt there was nothing more he could do for him unless the pain became unendurable.
When we came to you Michael was in great pain, his muscles were shriveling and he could barely use his hand for anything; everything was deteriorating fast.
Because of his pace maker you were unable to do an MRI so only had the use of scans and an ordinary x-ray.
You explained that until you saw the state of Michael's cuff and muscles you could not tell whether you would give him a shoulder replacement or a reverse shoulder replacement.
You explained both operations thoroughly and we both felt enough confidence in you to let you proceed.
You found that it had to be 'the reverse shoulder replacement', you even recommended the physiotherapist to help him gain as much use as possible.
We had never heard of the 'Reverse Shoulder Replacement' before; and no-one in London seemed to have heard of it then.
Our dubious GP was amazed at what you had done for Michael and I hope are now enlightened, I know the Osteopaths I am in touch with now know of it too.
We thank you most sincerely for your great expertise and your courtesy and kindness; You truly do think out of the box and do everything possible for your patient's benefit
We judge ourselves truly fortunate that we were given your name.
Kind regards and good wishes
Shirley & Michael G