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 ODEP Shoulder arthroplasty Panel was formed 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 whether your surgeon’s operative record and the details of your procedure, – but what about the performance of the implant? How good is your implant? ODEP ratings can help. The ratings can also be used by hospitals and surgeons to make decisions about specific implants.
What does ODEP mean when I see a rating on my implant?
An ODEP rating is independent of the materials/manufacturing of the implant, but rather relies on evidence about how long the…