Joint Replacement surgery is recognized as one of the most successful of all surgical interventions currently undertaken.
In Australia, there are over 70,000 procedures done each year 1, however the ability to track patient outcomes and prosthesis utilization is an important tool in raising standards and minimizing risk and poor outcomes.
The Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit (BORU) has been collecting standardized data using validated outcome tools since 1998, making it one of the biggest regional registries in the country. This enables improved audit, hospital comparative data and research data for sub-group analysis and allows a more detailed understanding of outcomes. The current gold standard clinical practice entails periodic lifelong prosthesis and patient monitoring both clinically and radiologically.
All patients at Barwon Health who are scheduled for joint replacement surgery are involved in this project. Their details are entered into a database specifically designed to record relevant data about the operation itself and the patient responses to questionnaires. The questionnaires relate to the patient’s general health and problems with the joint.