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American Joint Replacement Registry Announced
Date:7/23/2009

payers save money and could limit the number of revision (or secondary) surgeries necessary. Based on the projected procedures through 2030, the potential savings could exceed $13 billion over 20 years.

Proposed by the AAOS and related stakeholders, the AJRR proposal calls for an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded by the proposing stakeholders -- orthopaedic surgeons, payers, government agencies, patient groups, hospitals and device manufacturers. The AJRR is estimated to cost $20 to $25 million to initiate.

"We now have a chance to put best practices, already benefiting patients in other countries, to work here in the U.S. For instance, registries in Sweden, Great Britain, Canada and Australia have seen up to a 10 percent reduction in revision rates. Even with a modest 2 percent decrease in the U.S. revision rate, this proposal would yield a savings of $652 million in one year," said David Lewallen, MD, chair of the AJRR Project Team and orthopaedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic.

Background: When a patient has a hip or knee implanted into his body, the device used was chosen by his orthopaedic surgeon based on the patient's needs and lifestyle as well as the device's performance. A device's longevity is one of the factors that would be monitored by a national joint registry. A joint registry follows the artificial joint device throughout a recipient's lifetime in a database with information about the patient's demographics, as well as where and when the surgery took place.

About AAOS

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To find more information, visit www.aaos.org/registry


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