The American Joint Replacement Registry reaches half a million procedures

The American Joint Replacement Registry announced it has reached more than 500,000 primary and revision hip and knee procedures in its system, bringing the national registry closer to its goal of collecting data on 90% of all hip and knee replacement procedures performed in the United States.

Assisting with several federal quality initiatives, insurers’ distinction programs and state collaboratives, the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has more than 790 participating hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and private practice groups in all 50 states, 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, providing comprehensive data to help improve orthopedic care, the release noted.

“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, MD, chair of the AJRR board of directors, said in a press release. “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.”