A standardised national registry of commonly used joint-replacement devices would improve patient outcomes, according to a research study conducted by health group Kaiser Permanente.
The study analysed 80,000 total joint replacement and 5,000 anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction procedures in the Kaiser Permanente’s national implant registries, the largest registry of implants in the US.
It looked at patient demographics, implants and surgical techniques, and their association to the procedure outcomes.
The results revealed that three common reasons for re-operations of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction of the knee were meniscus injury, stiffness and device removal.
In addition, researchers used orthopaedic implant registries to track eight recalls and advisories during the study period, and were able to immediately identify and follow up with the patients who were affected.
Study lead author Elizabeth Paxton said the findings demonstrate the important role registries play in counselling patients, identifying risk factors, tracking implanted devices during recalls and assessing the comparative effectiveness of devices.