On Sept. 15, the National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales issued their annual report on joint replacement procedures performed in the UK. The registry, which now houses over 1.1 million records of joint replacement procedures, had it's highest number of single-year submissions in 2010, and continues to offer a wealth of data to providers and researchers on joint replacement surgery. This year's report continues to substantiate the role of the NJR in identifying issues with metal-on-metal hips, issues that were initially flagged by the NJR along with other national registries worldwide.
UK National Joint Registry reports data from more than one million joint replacements
Earlier this summer, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) completed its pilot phase, pulling data from over 3,600 primary and revision joint replacement procedures from eight different reporting sites. The registry, a collaborative effort of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other clinical organizations along with health insurers, the device industry, and the government, aims to have participation from 90 percent of hospitals by October of 2013. Getting that level of participation in just over two years will likely prove a significant challenge, but the rewards inherent to such a broad data set can be significant. Today, as the recalls for DePuy's ASR metal-on-metal hips lead to countless lawsuits and FDA complaints, the need for more transparency into orthopedic procedures are devices becomes more apparent.
Pilot phase of national joint replacement registry finishes