Published 10/5/2023

FACT SHEET: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Releases 2023 Shoulder & Elbow Registry Annual Report

Data encompasses shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair and elbow arthroplasty

ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 5, 2023)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program is pleased to announce the availability of the Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER) 2023 Annual Report. With more than 424 submitting surgeons among 82 participating facilities including hospitals, private practices and ambulatory surgical centers spanning 40 states across the U.S., the report offers actionable information to guide physicians and patient decision making to improve care.

The SER includes representatives from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). It collects shoulder and elbow procedural data in the U.S. to establish survivor curves, track revisions and support orthopaedic care and best practices. The SER’s latest annual report represents 25,192 submitted shoulder and elbow procedures from 23,680 patients between 2015 and 2022.

Highlights include:

  • Shoulder Arthroplasty – Of the 13,969 shoulder arthroplasty procedures submitted to the SER, most were reverse total shoulder arthroplasty with 17% of these procedures having rotator cuff tear as the primary diagnosis.
  • Rotator Cuff Repair – The majority of rotator cuff procedures submitted to the SER were performed arthroscopically with 70% including a concurrent subacromial decompression.
  • Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) – PROMs collection and analysis is a high-value component that will continue to play an integral part in healthcare quality improvement. The Annual Report includes analysis of the two highest volume PROM tools collected, The Veterans Rand 12-item Health Survey (VR-12) and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Score (ASES), which show substantially higher mean scores in postoperative compared to preoperative assessments.

"The Shoulder & Elbow Registry experienced tremendous growth in the last year. From Maintenance of Certification credits to practice benchmarking, the participant benefits continue to expand. In addition, there continues to be an ongoing interest and great opportunity to leverage data collection to deliver the highest quality musculoskeletal care to our patients."

~ Grant E. Garrigues, MD, FAAOS, SER Steering Committee Chair

To read and download the complete 2023 SER Annual Report, visit the AAOS’ website.

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