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Hip and Knee Implant Registry is in Development

November 11, 2010

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When a patient needs surgery for a hip or knee replacement, the implant device is selected by the patient’s orthopedic surgeon based on the patient’s age, stature and lifestyle.  Surprisingly, the orthopedic implant manufactures are not required to track patients, their recovery or longevity with the device.  According to the MedCity News , The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons created the non-profit American Joint Replacement Registry last year.  The registry has been gaining support from major hip and knee implant makers like Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics Division, Wright Medical Group and Zimmer Holdings.  The implant device’s longevity, as well as other use factors could be monitored through the use of this national joint registry.

Concerns about protecting patient data and how the registry might effect particular manufacturers are still being addressed.  Data from at least 15 hospitals started to be collected in October.  The advantages of being able to monitor complications from patients and statistically track results could greatly assist implant manufacturers in making modifications to certain devices before the need for a national or world wide recall is necessary.  This registry could be beneficial to orthopedic surgeons and ultimately the patients who already have implants or who are contemplating surgery.  Registries in Sweden, Great Britian and Canada have been able to reduce revision surgeries.

If you know someone with a hip implant, who has suffered from pain or complications, call Nurenberg Paris to learn more about the DePuy hip implant recall.

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