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Southend Hospital surgeon in international demand
7:00pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Echo News
A SURGEON skills in wrist replacement has seen him called on to operate on patients in Miami and Israel.
Southend Hospital consultant Greg Packer has become an acknowledged expert in fitting the Motec prosthesis – a Swedish product.
Earlier this year the orthopaedic surgeon became the first in the world to perform a new type of wrist replacement 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 the world.
In Israel 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