Bronson Joins Joint Replacement Registry

November 02, 2012

More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S., a number that is expected to increase as more people remain active as they get older. The lion’s share of replacement surgeries are successful, offering patients years of trouble-free use and helping patients resume their regular activities of daily living. A few patients – about 7.5%, according to 2006 figures – experience problems following surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced. Bronson Methodist Hospital has always been committed to ensuring its joint replacement patients have the best experiences possible, and now, the hospital has taken an added step toward improving patient experiences by joining the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures.


“Joining the AJRR will help ensure that we can continue to provide patients with the best care possible,” said Bronson orthopedic surgeon, David Christ, MD. “By participating with other hospitals in sharing information about artificial joint performance and physician and patient experiences, we can help joint replacement procedures become safer nationwide, while optimizing our own patients’ experiences here at Bronson.”


The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for information about joint replacements performed at Bronson Methodist Hospital and other member hospitals and medical centers throughout the country that participate in the registry. The AJRR aims to carefully monitor the artificial joint throughout a recipient’s lifetime in a database containing information about the patient, the surgeon who performed the procedure and the hospital or medical center where the procedure took place. The data collected will help doctors more quickly identify joints that are performing poorly, and will help them match patients, procedures and devices to ensure that every patient has the best experience possible.


By offering a single source of data, doctors and other healthcare professionals who use the registry can easily access data from medical centers around the country and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care. Registry information about patient outcomes and experiences will also help artificial joint manufacturers improve their products and identify potentially faulty products, and can help reduce healthcare costs associated with replacement procedures and follow-up care. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.


“Registries for joint replacement procedures and other medical procedures and conditions have proven to be effective tools in improving patient outcomes and reducing complications that can occur both during and following surgical procedures,” said David G. Lewallen, M.D., chairman of the AJRR Board of Directors. “In fact, in countries where registries have been created and used, revision rates have decreased significantly, resulting in substantial cost savings and a better overall patient experience.”


The American Joint Replacement Registry was founded in 2009 by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other orthopaedic industry leaders and stakeholders, and began collecting data in 2011. The AJRR’s goal is to optimize patient outcomes through collection of data on all primary and revision total joint replacement procedures in the U.S. The mission of the registry is to enhance patient safety, improve quality of care and reduce the cost of care. For more information about the registry and its objectives, visit www.ajrr.net


About Bronson Methodist Hospital Orthopedics Program


When surgery is deemed the appropriate course of treatment, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides advanced outpatient and inpatient surgery options. Each year, thousands of orthopedic procedures are performed by surgeons in Bronson Methodist Hospital’s 19 state-of-the-art surgical suites. And consumers in Kalamazoo County prefer Bronson 2 to 1 for orthopedic care. HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings company, recognized Bronson Methodist Hospital for orthopedic quality in 2012 for its high quality of care. Among these honors: ranked among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement surgery; best in region1 for spine surgery in 2013; and five-star rated for total hip replacement surgery, total knee replacement surgery, and back and neck surgery (spinal fusion). Becker's Hospital Review also named Bronson Methodist Hospital to its 2012 list of "101 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs."


1Region is southwest Michigan as defined by Michigan Department of Transportation.


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