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Mr Giuseppe Sforza

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon



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Mr Giuseppe Sforza is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Circle Reading Hospital. He specialises in problems affecting the upper limb and in particular of the shoulder and elbow. He is proficient in musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound and performs ultrasound guided injections.

Mr Sforza qualified in medicine at University of Bari, Italy, in 1992 with magna cum laude.

After his general surgical training, he continued his higher orthopaedic training at the same University. He spent periods of fellowship at Danderyd Hospital - Karolinska Institute, Stockholm - Sweden and as visiting fellow at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute Los Angeles, United States.

In 1999, Mr Sforza was appointed shoulder surgery fellow at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital under Stephen Copeland and Ofer Levy.

In 2000, after completion of his fellowship at the Reading Shoulder Unit, he returned to Italy and was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Matera, Italy as head of the shoulder and elbow unit and from 2006 at Policlinico di Bari at the University Hospital.

Since 2001, Mr Sforza regularly attended the Elbow Centre at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, chaired by S. O'Driscoll in the United States, participating to the clinical activity and to the prestigious course: Teach the Elbow Teachers. 

In October 2004, Mr Sforza joined the Reading Shoulder Unit. Then in 2007, he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Redditch, Worchester NHS Trust and in 2013, he completed a Master in hand and wrist surgery at University of Milan.

Mr Sforza undertakes open and arthroscopic shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand surgery including: trauma, arthroplasty: primary and revision, stabilization, tendons repair and transfer around the upper girdle, suspension arthroplasty of the wrist, endoscopic carpal tunnel.

Mr Sforza has published over 200 publications & presentations of scientific papers, written chapters to books on Shoulder Surgery and has been invited to lecture in Europe and elsewhere including ICSS, SECEC, SICSEG, SIA, SIOT.

He has also organised several international and national courses on shoulder surgery for arthroscopic surgery, shoulder arthroplasty and rehabilitation of shoulders and elbows.

Personal profile

Mr Sforza is married with two daughters and enjoys skiing, sailing, jazz music and reading.

Year of first medical qualification


Current NHS or research position

Ad hoc trauma and orthopaedic consultant contract with Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Special clinical interests

All types of disorders of the shoulder and elbow. Treatments include: sports injuries, fractures, dislocations, arthritis, tendon tears, degenerative conditions and children's abnormalities.

Most of the operations are minimally invasive with arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery such as shoulder reconstructive surgery, total shoulder and elbow replacement, rotator cuff repair and complex shoulder problems.

Mr Sforza acquired expertise in treatment of upper limb disease, including hand surgery and wrist surgery, and has recently obtained a Master in this field.

Research interests

Mr Sforza's teaching and research interests include Biomechanics, Kinematics, Surgical Anatomy, Surgical Technologies, Arthroscopic and minimal invasive surgery, Total joint replacement (Shoulders) and Elbow pathologies.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies

British Medical Association
The British Shoulder and Elbow Society
European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Board member of the Italian Shoulder and Elbow Society
Italian Arthroscopy Society


Sangiorgi Prize, University of Bari 1990
Health Institute Prize, City of Bari, Italy, 1992
Erasmus Project Europe: Grant to the Karolinska Institut, Stockolm, Sweden as Visiting Registrar
Travelling Fellowship of the Italian Shoulder and Elbow Society 2002

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Published works/papers

  • Reverse shoulder arthroplasty with a cementless short metaphyseal humeral implant without a stem: clinical and radiologic outcomes in prospective 2- to 7-year follow-up study. Levy O, Narvani A, Hous N, Abraham R, Relwani J, Pradhan R, Bruguera J, Sforza G, Atoun E. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Aug;25(8):1362-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.12.017.
    PMID: 26923308
  • The prevalence of os acromiale in Patients with massive rotator cuff tears, E Atoun,A Narvani, G Sforza, L Young, E Rath, O Levy. Int. J. of Orth 2016 April 13; 3(2): 525-527
    ISSN 2313-1462(Online)
  • New variant of the treatment of acromioclavicular dislocation with System Tight
    Rope in mini -open: preliminary clinical study, A Panella1, A Notarnicola1, P Damato1, G Sforza2, G Solarino1, C Mori1, C Margiotta1, B Moretti1 Archives of Trauma Research. Inpress: e30770 , DOI: 10.5812/atr.30770, epub: Aug 3, 2016
  • Acromioclavicular joint acceleration-deceleration injury as a cause of persistent shoulder pain: Outcome after arthroscopic resection. Atoun E, Bano AA, Tongel AV, Narvani A, Sforza G, Levy O. Indian J Orthop. 2014 Mar;48(2):193-6. doi: 10.4103/0019-5413.128764.
  • Medium to long-term outcome of thoracoscapular arthrodesis with screw fixation for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Van Tongel A, Atoun E, Narvani A, Sforza G, Copeland S, Levy O. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Aug 7;95(15):1404-8. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.01097.
  • Narvani AA, Atoun E, Van Tongel A, Sforza G, Levy O. The "anchor shape"
    technique for long head of the biceps tenotomy to avoid the popeye deformity.
    Arthrosc Tech. 2013 May 11;2(2):e167-70. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2013.01.008. Print
    2013 May. PubMed PMID: 23875145; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3716228.
  • Van Tongel A, Atoun E, Narvani A, Sforza G, Levy O. The 'hand squeeze' test for posterior 'muscle patterning instability' of the shoulder. Acta Orthop Belg. 2013 Feb;79(1):31-5. PubMed PMID: 23547512.
  • Atoun E, Narvani A, Even T, Dabasia H, Van Tongel A, Sforza G, Levy O. Management of first-time dislocations of the shoulder in patients older than 40 years: the prevalence of iatrogenic fracture. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Apr;27(4):190-3. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31826576f8. PubMed PMID: 22810551.
  • Atoun E, van Tongel A, Narvani A, Rath E, Sforza G, Levy O. Arthroscopically assisted internal fixation of the symptomatic unstable os acromiale with absorbable screws. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Dec;21(12):1740-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2011.12.011. Epub 2012 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 22521390.
  • Hughes, A., Even, T., Narvani, A.A.,Atoun, E., Van Tongel, A., Sforza, G.,Levy, O.
    Pattern and time phase of shoulder function and power recovery after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. 2012, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 21 (10) , pp. 1299-1303
  • Van Tongel, A., Rosa, F., Heffernan, G., Levy, O., Sforza, G. Long-term result after traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation: What works best? 2011, Musculoskeletal Surgery 95 (SUPP) , pp. S65-S70
  • Levy, O., Haddo, O., Sforza, G.,Copeland, S., Rath, E."Put your 'extended' finger on the bleeder": The use of direct pressure from the shaver blade to achieve hemostasis. Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 2011, 27 (6) , pp. 867-869
  • S. Copeland, G. Sforza: How I perform resurfacing shoulder replacement. Shoulder & Elbow, Volume 2, Issue 3, July 2010, Pages: 209–214,
  • E. Pearse, J. Bruguera, S. Massoud, G. Sforza, S. Copeland, O. Levy. Arthroscopic Management of the Painful Snapping Scapula Arthroscopy: Vol 22, No 7 (july), 2006, pp 755-761
  • G. Sforza, O. Levy. Post-traumatic locked dislocation of congenital pseudarthrosis of the clavicle. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2005 May-Jun;14(3):336-7
  • S. Thomas, G. Sforza, O. Levy, S. Copeland. Geometrical analysis of Copeland surface replacement shoulder arthroplasty in relation to normal anatomy. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2005 Mar-Apr;14(2):186-92
  • Levy O, Funk L, Sforza G, Copeland SA. Copeland surface replacement arthroplasty of the shoulder in rheumatoid arthritis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004 Mar;86-A(3):512-8.
  • Tytherleigh-Strong GM, Levy O, Sforza G, Copeland SA. The role of arthroscopy for the problem shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2002 May-Jun;11(3):230-4.
  • Tytherleigh-Strong G, Gill J, Sforza G, Copeland S, Levy O. Reossification and fusion across the acromioclavicular joint after arthroscopic acromioplasty and distal clavicle resection. Arthroscopy. 2001 Nov-Dec;17(9):E36.
  • Levy O, Wilson M, Williams H, Bruguera JA, Dodenhoff R, Sforza G, Copeland S. Thermal capsular shrinkage for shoulder instability. Mid-term longitudinal outcome study. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2001 Jul;83(5):640-5.
  • Salomonsson B, Sforza G, Revay S, Abbaszadegan H, Jonsson U. Atraumatic shoulder instability. Discussion of classification and results after capsular imbrication. Sc and J Med Sci Sports. 1998 Dec;8(6):398-404.
  • S.A. Copeland, O. Levy, G. Sforza "La protesi di rivestimento di spalla: indicazioni e limiti” Archivio di ortopedia e reumatologia Volume 116, n. 3, 2005 - 10261

Books on Shoulder topic

  • From the book: Le fratture dell’omero prossimale nel paziente anziano, Timeo editore, November 2014, pp 181-202. ISBN 978-88-97162-52-0.
    Fratture dell’omero prossimale: quali protesi per quali fratture.
    G. Sforza, P Consigliere, C Aravena, O Levy.
  • Chapter in the book: Arthroscopy Basic to Advanced
    Randelli, P., Dejour, D., van Dijk, C.N., Denti, M., Seil, R. (Eds.)
    ISBN 978-3-662-49376-2, © 2016,
    Subacromial Impingement
    G. Sforza, P Consigliere.

Publication in general Orthopaedics

  • R. Laforgia, A. Casto, G. Sforza. “Congenital luxation of the knee” Il Ginocchio-The Knee, num.16/1996,pp 41-54.
  • G. De Giorgi, P. Cinnella, G. Sforza
    “The area of arthrodesis in the Cotrel-Dubousset technique in idiopathic scoliosis”
    Progressi in Patologia Vertebrale-Progresses in Vertebral patology Vol.XVI/1993 pag 27-33
  • G. De Giorgi, G. Sforza, P. Cinnella, “Biomechanics and functional anatomy af the lumbar intervertebral facet” Progressi in Patologia Vertebrale-Progresses in Vertebral patology, Suppl Vol. XIX/1996 pag 95-103.


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