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NYU Langone Department of Orthopaedic Surgery chosen to participate in joint replacement registry
Date:2/15/2011

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center has been chosen as one of only 16 centers across the country to participate in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). The AJRR is a national, independent, not-for-profit organization created to collect key joint replacement and revision data in order to better to monitor device performance and identify underperforming processes while providing information supporting best practices in safety, cost control and advances in technology.

Existing registries outside of the U.S. have shown to result in up to a 10 percent reduction in revision rates. With the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimating more than 800,000 hip and knee replacements performed in the US annually, even a modest 2 percent decrease in the U.S. revision rate would yield a savings of $65.2 million in one year with potential projected savings of more than $1.3 billion over 20 years.

The AJRR will collect data from both younger joint replacement patients (40-60) as well as from Medicare patients. The data will provide long-term information about the progression of joint replacements and the impact of wear and tear over time from a younger, more active population. The result will be better cost management, improved device longevity and improved outcomes. In addition, the data will also help patients make more informed choices, in consultation with their surgeon, about the timing of their total joint replacement procedures, the device they will receive and the best course of rehabilitation.

"Similar registries in other countries have proven very successful and, with the aging baby boomer population, we need to engage and educate our patients to develop the best care for their joints in the future," said James D. Slover, MD, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and the institutions designated registry champion. "We are proud to partici
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Contact: Craig Andrews
craig.andrews@nyumc.org
212-404-3511
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine
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