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  • New, New, New: Innovative Design Orthopaedics -
    IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge. [Read more]
  • Interested in the Reading Shoulder fellowship?
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for One year. please send CV to Mrs Jan Barker [Read more]
  • Verso Stemless TSA with a new company Innovative Design Orthopaedics (IDO)
  • Coming up courses:
    The "Stephe Copeland" Memorial Reading Shoulde Course 2016, 10th-11th March 2016.

    [Read more]
  • For GPs - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital and Dunedin Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • The unit is recognised worldwide, treating patients locally
  • New Survey on usage of shoulder replacement prostheses.
    Take the survey [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]
  • 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]
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 and the Berkshire Independent Hospital (Ramsay).

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


The Reading shoulder unit team:
Four Consultant Orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeons:
  • Prof. Ofer Levy, MD MCh(Orth) FRCS
  • Mr Giuseppe Sforza, MD 
  • Mr Ali Narvani, FRCS(Tr&Orth) 
  • Dr Juan Bruguera, MD PhD 
  •  
  • Mr Stephen Copeland FRCS (Recently retired from practice, doing some medicolegal work) his patients are been treated by Prof. Levy and Mr Sforza.

Consultant anaesthetists:
  • Dr Atul Kapila MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Warren Fisher MBBS, FRCA; 
  • Dr Ian Rechner MBBS, FRCA
  • Dr Richard Barnes MBBS, FRCA

working alongside 2 shoulder surgery fellows:
Miss Lora Young FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Mr Rupen Dattani FRCS(Tr&Orth)

An experienced team of physiotherapists, nurses, secretaries,
a Bio-mechanical engineer, IT and research staff and Medical statistician.


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

The Unit operates at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Independent Hospital (Ramsay).

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

The private Unit is located on the top floor of The Mansion, Outpatients Department, The Berkshire Independent Hospital, close by a fully equipped physiotherapy department.

The surgeons operate at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, The Berkshire Independent Hospital (Ramsay formerly Capio), and the 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 Stephen Copeland, Ofer Levy & Giuseppe Sforza.

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.

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 arthroscopic 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.
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