Here at Geelong Orthopaedics our commitment to education continues with the aid of technology during the pandemic. On Monday the 13th June we had a journal club meeting via zoom hosted by Mr Kevin Eng. 5 Papers were discussed:

Long-Term Outcomes of Pectoralis Major Transfer for the Treatment of Irreparable Subscapularis Tears – This showed minimal arthritis and preservation of results over 20years.

Stability assessment of distal radius fractures – We discussed factors that contribute to loss of position and malunion in fractures of the wrist.

Anatomical anterior and posterior reconstruction for scapholunate dissociation: preliminary outcome in ten patients – A new Australian technique for this difficult wrist condition

Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Is Superior to Plate Fixation at 2 Years for Displaced Proximal Humeral Fractures in the Elderly – A nice randomised controlled trial for subtypes of fractures of the shoulders in patients over 65. It did not however include a non operative group. We here in Geelong are currently participating in an Australian study comparing arthroplasty vs physio called “reSHAPE ” to answer this question!

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty compared to stemmed hemiarthroplasty for proximal humeral fractures: a registry analysis of 5946 patients.

The final paper was by Prof Page who had performed the analysis from the National Joint Replacement Registry. Well done Prof!