Thursday, April 21, 2011

U Mass to create Joint registry:

The University of Massachusetts Medical School has received a $12 million federal grant to lead a consortium that will create a research registry for total joint replacements, according to a news report by The Telegram & Gazette.

The consortium also includes the University of Rochester Medical Center, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente-Georgia and the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at St. Francis Medical Center. Using data on approximately 33,000 patients who received joint replacements from 2011-2014, the consortium will set up quality measures to assess outcomes.

The UMass Arthritis and Joint Center already utilizes tools to assess pain and function, which will serve as a foundation for developing the new measures. Ultimately, healthcare experts hope the registry will help providers determine which devices, surgical approaches and follow-up regimens demonstrate the best outcomes.

The need for a joint replacement research registry follows DePuy Orthopaedics' nationwide recall of its metal-on-metal hip systems after an Australian and British registry showed 12-15 percent of patients needed a second hip replacement five years after the first surgery. The metal-on-metal hip system's failure rate amounted to four times the failure rate of other hip implant devices, according to the news report.


  1. Do you know of anyone doing epidemiology studies on cobalt and chromium toxicity resulting from metal on metal hip implants,and if so please let me know who and how to contact them?Thanks,Bruce Beck

  2. NO I don't know anyone doing epidemiology studies. Sorry