Greg’s in international demand!
02 October 2012
Southend University Hospital consultant Greg Packer’s surgical skills are putting him in demand at home and abroad.
Earlier this year, he travelled to Miami to demonstrate a total
wrist replacement and now he has been invited to perform the
procedure in Israel.
Mr Packer has become an acknowledged expert in fitting the Motec
prosthesis - a Swedish product he has been fitting since he first
saw a demonstration of the results of this implant in Oslo two
The orthopaedic surgeon hit the headlines earlier this year by
becoming the first in the world to perform a new type of wrist
replacement. That was a hemi-wrist arthroplasty, which involves
removing three bones in the wrist and replacing them with a steel
alloy implant - a procedure he now teaches to other surgeons around
In Israel, however, he will be carrying out a total wrist
replacement, using a metal prosthesis which allows some patients
with rheumatoid arthritis or severe osteoarthritis in both sides of
the joint to regain the whole range of movement.
Since starting to use that particular implant 18 months ago, Mr
Packer has now performed about 20 operations.
He will be demonstrating the technique on a patient with
rheumatoid arthritis at the Bazilai medical centre in Askelon, 35
miles south of Tel Aviv and close to the border with the Gaza
He said: "I still get a kick out of being invited to demonstrate
both here and abroad, passing on the skills. I recently had a
visiting surgeon who happened to see this implant and he has
invited me to operate on one of his patients in Liverpool.
Operating at another hospital is always a bit different.
"The particular total wrist replacement I shall be doing in
Israel requires the removal of less bone than previous implants and
is therefore better for younger patients."
With pic: consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Greg Packer