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The methodology of shoulders

The methodology of shoulders

Surgeon, Niel Kang of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and ODEP (Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel) with medical students Geethana Yogarajah and Khalid Guma’a ask the question – What has changed in the way we evaluate shoulder & elbow arthroplasty data? 

The number of shoulder arthroplasty surgeries has increased steadily since the formation of the ODEP Shoulder arthroplasty Panel in 2017. The UK National Joint Registry (NJR) introduced shoulder arthroplasty procedures in 2012 and demonstrated significant increases (> 25-30 per cent growth annually) in implantation between 2012 and 2015, followed by steady growth in the 5 years up to the pandemic (Table 1).   

Why should I be concerned about implants? 

As a patient, you can look up your surgeon’s operative record and the details of your procedure, – but what about the performance of the implant? What about your implant? ODEP ratings can help. These ratings can be used to help inform surgeons, hospital procurement and other parties in the decision-making process. 

What does the ODEP score of my implant mean to me? 

A rating from ODEP is independent of the materials/manufacturing of the implant, but rather relies on evidence about how long the implant…

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