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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Launches Shoulder and Elbow Registry

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently launched the Shoulder and Elbow Registry (SER) in the U.S. This registry will initially collect data on total shoulder arthroplasty, adding rotator cuff repair and total elbows in 2019.

According to data provided by AAOS, >750,000 total shoulder, rotator cuff repair and total elbow procedures are performed annually in the U.S.

“Other national joint replacement registries such as the Swedish Hip Arthroplasty Register have proven that monitoring survivorship can reduce revision rates,” said AAOS President David A. Halsey, M.D. “That translates into reducing direct medical costs and, more importantly, improving patient care and quality of life.”

SER was developed with help from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. It is AAOS' second anatomical registry established to track survivorship curves and revisions, following the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), which focuses on hips and knees.

Outcomes data is integral to orthopaedics today, informing product development decisions by device companies, clinical decisions by surgeons and hospital analysis committees and reimbursement decisions by payors.

“An evidence-based registry is a cost-effective way to benchmark risk-adjusted data, and provide greater context to patient outcomes comparisons,” said Gerald R. Williams Jr., M.D., Chair of the AAOS SER Steering Committee. “Identifying improvement needs can potentially mitigate surgical revisions, which could lead to millions of dollars in stakeholder savings annually."

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