The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is working on launching a registry to keep track of hip and knee implant problems across the U.S. The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) intends to identify potential problems with artificial joint replacement systems as early as possible.
The registry will work by keeping track of general details about hip and knee implant systems, the patients who receive them, and the surgeons who perform surgery to implant them. According to reports, the AJRR will begin this month in 15 hospitals and will eventually expand to the 5,000 hospitals that perform these types of replacement procedures throughout the U.S.
The creation of the registry follows recent reports involving problems with knee and hip replacement systems. The most recent of which involves two hip replacement systems made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
The DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Cup system (total hip replacement system) and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing system (not sold in the U.S.) have been recalled because of early failure rates. The registry plans to identify problems early on so less people are affected. Roughly 93,000 people received the recalled DePuy hip systems.
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