AAOS Launches a Shoulder and Elbow Registry

    The Shoulder and Elbow Registry (SER) – launched by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October to establish survivorship curves, track revisions, and improve quality of care for total shoulder and elbow patients in the US – will begin data collection with total shoulder arthroplasty procedures. Next year, the registry will also have the capability to capture data on rotator cuff repair and total elbow arthroplasty procedures. 

    This is the second in a series of anatomic registries in development as part of the AAOS Registry Program. The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the Academy’s hip and knee replacement registry, is the world’s largest national registry of hip and knee joint replacement data by annual procedural count, with more than 1.4 million procedures contained within its database. 

    “There are more than 750,000 total shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, and total elbow arthroplasty surgeries performed in the United States each year,” said Gerald R. Williams Jr., MD, chair of the AAOS’s SER Steering Committee. “An evidence-based registry, like the Shoulder and Elbow Registry, is a cost-effective way to benchmark risk-adjusted data and provide greater context to patient outcomes comparisons. Identifying improvement needs can potentially mitigate surgical revisions which could lead to millions of dollars in stakeholder savings annually.” 

    SER was developed in conjunction with representatives from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.