The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports a banner year in the Annual Report of the Academy’s American Joint Replacement Registry. The data warehouse was created to track hip and knee replacements, and 2020 saw significant growth in total volume of procedures reported to the registry. The registry is intended to increase the scale of orthopedic clinical research, while at the same time providing valuable insights to surgeons and other stakeholders in terms of performance measurement.
The registry made news in June when it reached over two million hip and knee procedures, with overall cumulative growth posted at 24.4%. In terms of quality of care, the annual report found that postoperative length of stay for both hip and knee procedures continues to decrease, and the use of spinal anesthesia is slowly increasing. Additionally, this year the registry examined survivorship for the first time using cumulative incidence of revision curves, with a goal of providing more detailed survivorship curves in the future.
The American Joint Replacement Registry itself is intended to be a clinical research resource for all arthroplasty surgeons. A real time dashboard comparing outcome data to the national benchmark is now accessible to participating organizations and individual surgeons. Another notable achievement in 2020 was the increase in ambulatory surgical centers who joined the registry. A result of active recruitment by AAOS, the participating ASCs contribute new data from historically underrepresented facilities.
To see the full summary of this year’s accomplishments and discover how you can participate in the registries AAOS has to offer, go to the announcement here.