Joint Replacement Registry Hits Half Million Mark
Biloine W. Young • Thu, September 1st, 2016
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) now has more than 500, 000 primary and revision hip and knee procedures in its system. According to its press release, the registry’s goal is to collect data on 90% of all hip and knee replacement procedures performed in the United States.
More than 790 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and private practice groups in all 50 states are participating, according to a press release. The registry system has data from nearly 5, 500 surgeons and increases at a rate of about 4, 000 procedures per week. Officials of the registry believe this volume of comprehensive data cannot fail to help improve orthopedic care.
“As much as collecting half a million hip and knee replacement procedures is a great accomplishment for AJRR as an organization, the real benefit goes to patients and the surgeons taking care of them, ” Daniel J. Berry, M.D., chairman of the AJRR board of directors, said. “By collecting and reporting data, the AJRR provides actionable information to guide physicians and patient decision-making to improve care. As our registry increases in procedural volume, so does our ability to help make a difference in the orthopedic community. About a million hip and knee replacement procedures are performed in the United States. Although we have had tremendous growth, we still have a long way to go.”